May 12, 2020

Congressman Neguse Secures SNAP Expansion in Next House Coronavirus Aid Package

House Democrats announced today plans to include an expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the next House Coronavirus aid package, a provision Congressman Neguse has actively advocated for over the last few weeks 

Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse announced today that he has secured a 15% increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the next Coronavirus aid package. House Democrats today released text of the proposed plan, the Heroes Act, which would also provide aid to state and local governments on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis, extend unemployment insurance benefits, and provide more direct payments to Americans. Earlier this month, Congressman Joe Neguse introduced three proposals to open accessibility and expand benefits for SNAP beneficiaries, including the Food for Families in Crisis Act which specifically proposes increasing SNAP benefits by 15% and increasing the minimum SNAP benefit to $30 per month, both provisions which were incorporated into the House proposed package. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed serious deficiencies in our ability to protect the most vulnerable of our society during economic crises,” said Congressman Neguse. “I am proud to secure an essential expansion of SNAP in the Heroes Act which will also remove cumbersome obstacles that put undue hardship on people who are really struggling. We must ensure families across Colorado who depend on food security offered through these programs can continue to feed their families through the economic turmoil and unprecedented crisis we find ourselves in.”

The largest food assistance program in the country, SNAP offers stability and food security to nearly 20 million households with almost 40 million people. With unemployment rising during the COVID-19 pandemic, millions more Americans will need access tothis security. A Moody’s Analytics study found that every dollar increase in SNAP benefits during the Great Recession in 2008 generated roughly $1.70 of economic activity.

In addition to securing an expansion of SNAP, proposals from Congressman Neguse to provide direct funding for smaller cities and counties, $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service, $11.5 billion for Emergency Solution Grants, anti-price gouging provisions and improvements to the Strategic National Stockpile were also included in the Heroes Act