House Ag releases report on SNAP
December 7, 2016
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee Chairwoman Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., will make a report on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps, available today at 6 a.m., the committee told reporters in a media advisory Tuesday evening.
The report follows the testimony of 60 witnesses in 16 hearings.
"You will find nothing in this report that suggests gutting SNAP or getting rid of a program that does so much to serve so many," Conaway and Walkorski said in an executive summary.
"What you will find are a number of ways the program is working successfully and a number of areas in need of improvement," they said.
"You will find areas for innovation, for adjustment, for education and training, and for rethinking the best ways to serve those in need. There is common ground to be found on SNAP, both in understanding the needs of the population SNAP serves, and in working collaboratively to improve SNAP. That common ground must be found not only within Congress, but across government agencies, nonprofits, the private sector, universities, communities, recipients, and a host of other partners involved in meeting the needs of our nation's most vulnerable citizens."
Neither House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., nor House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee ranking member Jim McGovern, D-Mass., was listed as an author of the report, but Conaway thanked them as well as Walorski for "their patience and perseverance as we undertook this top-to-bottom review."
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