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  • Subcommittee Examines the Future of SNAP
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Today, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, held a hearing to discuss the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. During the 114th Congress, the committee completed a comprehensive review of SNAP—known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP—which helped members gain a better understanding of the program and the population it serves,... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Subcommittee Chairman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson: Nutrition Subcommittee Hearing: The Next Farm Bill: The Future of the SNAP
    Posted in Opening Statements on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning, and welcome to today’s Nutrition Subcommittee hearing on the future of SNAP. This hearing continues the Committee’s series to review current policy and set the stage for the next farm bill. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to be here, particularly our five witnesses for their participation and respective insights. The House Committee on Agriculture completed a comprehensive review of SNAP during the 114th Congress. Known as the Past, Prese... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Considers Pros and Cons to Restricting SNAP Purchases
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to explore the implications of restricting what can be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Members of the committee heard from a panel of witnesses who discussed the challenges of implementing product restrictions, the need for encouraging healthy purchasing habits, and the role that incentives and nutrition education can play in changing consumer behavior. “Nearly 43 million Americans depend on SNAP to p... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Chairman K. Michael Conaway: Committee on Agriculture Hearing: Pros and Cons of Restricting SNAP Purchases
    Posted in Opening Statements on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: I want to welcome our witnesses to today’s hearing and thank them for taking the time to share their views on a very timely and somewhat sensitive topic—the idea of restricting SNAP purchases. This hearing is a continuation of the conversation had in a Member roundtable last October. There are good arguments to be made on both sides of this issue, and this discussion will be yet another addition to the Committee’s commitment to strengthening the Supplemental Nut... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway Unveils SNAP Report
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) unveiled a new report summarizing the committee’s two-year review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Committee members heard from 60 witnesses in 16 hearings over the course of the review known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP. The report can be viewed here. SNAP has grown from a pilot program that served just 500,000 people in 1964 to a program that served more than 47 million Americans at the he... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Chairman K. Michael Conaway Committee on Agriculture Hearing: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP Opportunities for Improving Access to Food
    Posted in Opening Statements on November 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: Over the course of the 114th Congress, we have heard from 55 witnesses at 15 different hearings in our series on the Past, Present and Future of SNAP. We have heard from witnesses discussing their experiences as SNAP recipients, from state agencies implementing SNAP across the country, from charitable partners that work with SNAP recipients, from innovative organizations receiving SNAP funding to help improve and target SNAP programs, from retailers who sell foo... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Concludes Two-year Review of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: The Past, Present, and Future of SNAP
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to evaluate the innovative strategies retailers are utilizing to improve access to nutritious food. Committee members heard from organizations that are working creatively to provide nutritious food to low-income individuals in low-access areas through online platforms and incentive programs. “Communities across the country have different needs when it comes to food access. Some individuals have access to a grocer on every street corner, while... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Chairwoman Walorski Nutrition Subcommittee Hearing: Improving Innovation and Success in Employment and Training Programs
    Posted in Opening Statements on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning and welcome to today’s Nutrition Subcommittee hearing. Thank you to everyone for being here and thank you, in particular, to our witnesses for your participation and valuable insights. We are continuing the series of hearings looking at the past, present, and future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, by examining employment and training, or E&T, programs. While we know that a job is the surest way to get out of poverty, it ca... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Ways to Improve SNAP Employment and Training Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Chairwoman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, held a hearing to discuss the initiatives states are taking to further improve their SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) programs to help recipients transition into the workforce and obtain additional skills to increase their earnings. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s top-to-bottom review known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP. Members heard from representatives from three o... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Examines Impact of Error Rates and Fraud on SNAP
    Posted in Press Releases on July 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss ways in which program integrity measures can be improved upon within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Members heard from a panel of witnesses who discussed what tools are used to report on quality control measures, the differences between error rates and fraud, what factors determine the reported rates, and how these measurements are used to better the program. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s ... Read more