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The title comes from a key quote from an Associated Press story via US News and World Report article announcing that a government shutdown would “suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.”
“If Congress does not act to avert a lapse in appropriations, then USDA will not have the funding necessary for SNAP benefits in October and will be forced to stop providing benefits within the first several days of October,” said Catherine Cochran, a spokeswoman for USDA. “Once that occurs, families won’t be able to use these benefits at grocery stores to buy the food their families need.”
USDA on Friday sent a letter to states asking them to hold off “until further notice” on starting the process that distributes benefits at the first of the month.
The Agriculture Department declined to give details on why the automatic funding would not continue.
In the 2013 government shutdown, food stamp dollars were not affected.
originally posted by: IridiumFlareMadness
a reply to: neo96
Like a scene out of Soylent Green.
originally posted by: ObjectZero
Maybe I can add this to my Doom Porn list for October, so around the 11th or the 15th would be the shut down I think. At least from the quick read over I did. I'll need to look more in to when this would take effect.
I don't think we'd see a riot the same day as the shutdown. Maybe a month or two after when people get hungry, and start running out of things to eat.
Senate stops bill defunding Planned Parenthood
Democrats in the U.S. Senate, joined by some Republicans, on Thursday blocked an effort denying federal funds for the women's healthcare group Planned Parenthood in a move that could help avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.
Most Senate Republicans had supported the plan to attach the Planned Parenthood defunding to a bill keeping government operating with the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.
But 42 Democrats, two independents and eight Republicans banded together to stop the anti-abortion effort on a procedural vote, 11 more than the 41 needed to block the legislation.