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Maggie Dickinson

Republican Controlled Congress Likely to Put Hunger Back on the Table

Republican Controlled Congress Likely to Put Hunger Back on the Table

by Maggie Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Guttman Community College, CUNY

The recent election poses a grave threat to federal nutrition programs and the millions of low income families they serve. This January, Republicans will control the presidency and both houses of Congress. Republican speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has been pushing to block grant SNAP (formerly food stamps) for several years. Ryan’s proposed changes have the potential to undo much of the progress we have made in addressing hunger in the United States since the 1970’s.