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Update Food Stamp Changes Punish People Struggling to Find Work 

With one rule change this week, the Trump administration put hundreds of thousands of people at risk of hunger.

Statement FCNL Submits Comment Opposing Proposed Changes to SNAP  

The Department of Agriculture recently unveiled a proposed rule that would reduce Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by $4.5 billion over five years. FCNL submitted a public comment on Nov. 26 decrying the proposal, which would have an outsize impact on low-income families and marginalized communities.

Update Good Housing Policy Reduces Poverty: Congress Must Fund These Essential Programs 

The Senate recently passed H.R.3055, a package of appropriations bills for FY2020, which included funding for the departments of Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, and Science; Interior; and Transportation and Housing (T-HUD).

Press Release Eight States Now on Both Hungriest and Poorest Lists 

Washington, DC – Eight states now rank in the top ten as both the hungriest and poorest in the country, according to recently released government data. New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia were on both lists in 2017. Now, for 2018, Oklahoma has joined their ranks.

Update Top 10 Poorest States in the U.S. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, national poverty rate was 11.8% percent or 38.1 million Americans in 2018. These states have the highest percentages of poverty in the country: Puerto Rico, Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, District of Colombia, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

Update Top 10 Hungriest States in the U.S.  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 11.1 percent of American households experienced hunger in 2018. These states have the highest percentages of American households who experienced hunger: New Mexico, Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina and Kansas.

Update Speaking of Education Reform, What Can Congress Learn from Orange is the New Black? 

Recently, I joined Illinois Rep Danny Davis to talk about lifting the Pell Grant ban and giving people more access to education. Congress has introduced a bill - the bipartisan REAL Act (H.R.2168 /S.1074) - which would restore access to Pell Grants. But it is not moving as fast as planned and needs some helpful pressure for final passage.

Press Release Federal Aid Programs Prove Vital in Reducing U.S. Poverty  

Washington, DC – Despite the continued reductions of poverty rate, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), is dismayed to see the number of people still living in poverty in the world’s richest country. According to today’s Census Bureau report, the official poverty rate decreased from 12.3 percent in 2017 to 11.8 percent in 2018. Approximately 38.1 million people lived below the poverty line in 2018 ($25,465 for a family of four).

Press Release FCNL Rejects New Government Rule to Slow Down Legal Immigration 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) expressed strong opposition against a rule released today by the Trump administration to penalize legal immigrants from securing a green card if they receive housing or food subsidies from the government.

Legislative Ask Fix the Glaring Gaps in Tax Credits for Low-Income Working Families 

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are two of the most important anti-poverty programs in the country. Together these programs prevent more than 29 million people from falling into, or deeper into, poverty. However, there are two serious gaps in these credits.

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