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CSPI Comment on Proposed Rule re: SNAP Standard Utility Allowances

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CSPI filed comments with the USDA on December 2, 2019 in opposition to a proposed rule change regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. This rule's changes to SNAP recipients' standard utility allowances would impede the program by decreasing benefits by $1 billion per year ($4.5 billion over five years). Among the estimated 19 percent of households that would experience decreases in SNAP benefits, elderly and disabled individuals would be impacted disproportionately.

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