STATE – A vote by Congress this week will mean a cut in food stamp benefits for an estimated 157,000 New Jersey households, according to the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition.
The U.S. Senate approved the Farm Act Bill, which will cut $8.6 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next 10 years, by a 68-32 vote. Sen. Cory Booker vote against the bill, but Sen. Robert Menendez reluctantly voted in favor of it as a better alternative to Republican efforts to cut as much as $40 billion over ten years.
Affected families nationwide will lose approximately $90 per month. The new reductions follow a previous cut in November.
New Jersey is one of 15 states that coordinate energy assistance with the food stamp program, and will suffer a greater share of the cuts as a result. Nationwide, approximately 850,000 households will be affected.
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