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North Country News
8:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

VT House Rejects Higher Taxes On Rich

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont House has rejected raising income tax rates on top earners so the state can make up for cuts in federal support for food stamps.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Congressional Corner With Paul Tonko

    Food shortages have become an increasing problem across the country.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that funding for SNAP benefits should be restored.

North Country News
6:15 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Leahy Pushes for SNAP Funding

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (left) and Governor Peter Shumlin (right) at the Central Vermont Community Action Council
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Farm Bill is the nation’s agricultural, nutrition and food policy vehicle. It provides funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - also known as food stamps. Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Monday was at a community action agency to discuss his efforts to fight proposed cuts to SNAP and talk about legislation to expand incentives for businesses to donate to food banks.

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Hudson Valley News
4:02 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Two NY Congressmen Continue Pushing For A Farm Bill

Credit Michael Cannon, flickr

The five-year Farm Bill was defeated Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 234-195. Two Congressmen from the Hudson Valley share a similar goal with the federal Farm Bill, yet voted differently.

Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney sit on the House Agriculture Committee, and while both voted to advance the bill from there in May, they cast different votes Thursday. Gibson voted in favor of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management, or FARRM, Act of 2013, and says he was disappointed with the outcome.

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Hudson Valley News
1:01 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Two Hudson Valley Congressmen Explain Their Farm Bill Approach

The Farm Bill, which contains the nation’s food stamp program, is slated to be voted upon this week in the House of Representatives. Two Congressmen from the Hudson Valley say their approach to the bill is for the greater good of agriculture in their region. However, their views do not sit well with many in their parties.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Activists Protest Possible Cuts To Food Stamps

People protesting possible cuts in the food stamps program line State Street in Springfield, MA at the district office of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
Credit WAMC

   Activists held a series of demonstrations across the country today to call on influential Democratic members of Congress to prevent cuts to the food stamp program.  One of  the demonstrations was in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   Holding signs and waving to passing motorists about two dozen people lined State Street in front of the federal building where Congressman Richard Neal has a district office.  The protest had a sense of urgency because the House is set to vote, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, on a bill that could end food stamp benefits to millions of people.

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Hudson Valley News
12:52 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Residents Form Soup Line At Congressman's Office, Protest A Vote

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

Some two dozen low-income Hudson Valley residents showed up outside the office of their Congressman Thursday to express disappointment and anger over his recent vote concerning a national food stamp program.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Top Welfare Official To Live On Food Stamp Budget

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and his wife Kathleen take the challenge of buying a week's groceries on a food stamp budget
Credit WAMC

The man in charge of administering much of the social services system in Massachusetts is trying to live for a week on a food budget equal to what is provided by a federal assistance program.  It is part of a national campaign by anti-hunger groups to highlight the importance of the program at a time when it is threatened with deep cuts.

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