The coalition argues that cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would leave millions hungry when many are already struggling during the pandemic.
In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Frosh and 23 other state attorney generals expressed support for the HEROS Act which would prohibit the use of funds to implement three administrative rules aimed at cutting critically necessary SNAP benefits.
As announced in a press release:
In a letter to Congress, the coalition expressed support for provisions in the House-passed HEROES Act that would prohibit the use of appropriation funds for three U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administrative rules. The rules would cut food assistance under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) by making it harder to qualify for SNAP food assistance benefits, reducing state flexibility to continue benefits beyond the three-month limit, and reducing benefit amounts for certain households. The coalition argues that, especially during this unprecedented time of economic turmoil due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress should work to protect and expand our nation’s largest anti-hunger program.
The Attorney Generals argue in part that if allowed to go into effect the rules would “cut SNAP benefits for 700,000 Americans by restricting states from extending
benefit time limits, remove 3.1 million Americans from SNAP by making it harder to qualify for the benefits, and reduce monthly benefits for SNAP households.”
For more information:
Attorney General Frosh Joins Coalition Opposing SNAP Cuts that Would Leave Millions Hungry During Pandemic (Office of the Attorney General press release)
Multistate Coalition Letter to Congress Opposing SNAP Cuts (Office of the Attorney General)