Neguse, Bennet Proposal to Provide 15% SNAP Increase Included in COVID-19 Relief Package
Congressman Neguse’s proposals to help small businesses, protect individuals without homes and provide relief for Head Start child care facilities also included in the package
Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet’s proposal to ensure a 15% increase per month in SNAP nutrition assistance has been included in the COVID-19 relief deal passed by the House and Senate last night.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed serious deficiencies in our ability to protect the most vulnerable of our society during economic crises, and has left 1 in 3 Coloradans food insecure” said Congressman Neguse. “An increase in SNAP will provide needed nutrition assistance to vulnerable Coloradans and kids, and assist with long term economic stability. Since the onset of the pandemic, I have advocated for increased federal funding in this program to support hungry families and our vulnerable communities. I’m glad to see our proposal incorporated into the relief package and hope to see help in the hands of Coloradans quickly.”
“As the COVID-19 crisis has so clearly brought to light, we are doing too little to provide a basic safety net for the millions of struggling families across the country,” said Senator Bennet. “We’ve called for a 15 percent SNAP benefits increase since April, and I’m pleased it was included in the bipartisan agreement on additional COVID relief. As the economic fallout from the pandemic continues, this increase in these benefits will provide nutritional assistance to our nation’s most vulnerable families, particularly our children.”
“Too many Colorado families are struggling to put food on the table because of this pandemic. We are relieved to see Congress finally increase SNAP benefits so that more families have the food needed to stay healthy and safe during the next few challenging months,” said Marc Jacobson, CEO of Hunger Free Colorado. “We hope this increased assistance will be continued until our economy is fully recovered. Thank you to Senator Bennet and Representative Neguse for their leadership in securing this crucial support for Colorado families.”
In April, Congressman Neguse and Senator Bennet, introduced the Food for Families in Crisis Act to provide a 15% increase for SNAP, along with other provisions to strengthen the program. Both Congressman Neguse and Senator Bennet have been vocal advocates for the program. The COVID-19 relief package, which passed the House and Senate last night, includes a 15% increase in SNAP monthly benefits and assistance for SNAP online Purchasing: providing $5 million for technical support to USDA in expanding the SNAP online purchasing program.
The bipartisan, bicameral relief bill includes several Colorado priorities, in addition to the SNAP increase, proposals introduced by Congressman Neguse, including:
- A provision to exclude the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance when determining loan forgiveness for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as proposed in Congressman Neguse’s bill the EIDL Forgiveness Act;
- $290 million for Emergency Solutions Grants, similar to Congressman Neguse’s CARE Act for Those Without Homes;
- An extension of the eviction moratorium until January 31, 2021, requested by Congressman Neguse;
- $3.25 billion for Strategic National Stockpile improvements, as proposed in Congressman Neguse’s Strategic National Supply Act; and
- $250 million for Head Start; similar to Congressman Neguse’s Jumpstart for Head Start Act.
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