On April 10, President Obama released his FY2014 budget. The budget protects and proposes to further strengthen federal nutrition programs. He proposes to restore a cut to monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits made in 2010 and scheduled to take place this November.
Resources for the President’s Budget
During the week of March 11, each chamber passed its own FY2014 budget resolution. The House budget resolution, which converts SNAP into a block grant program and drastically cuts program spending, passed on a near party line vote (221-207). Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray’s budget proposal passed by a vote of 50-49, and generally protects SNAP and other safety net programs from cuts. Since the budget resolutions are drastically different, it is unlikely both chambers will come to agreement on a joint budget resolution.
The President is expected to release his budget on April 10.
House Budget Resources:
Senate Budget Resources: