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Fed says farm finances are worsening

October 17, 2019
In The News

USDA posted a report late Tuesday night estimating that about 982,000 low-income students would no longer automatically qualify for free meals under the department’s proposed rule to limit so-called broad-based categorical eligibility in SNAP.

Democrats on Wednesday questioned why it took USDA so long to make public the higher estimates. “After waiting months for this analysis, we now have learned that this rule will be even worse for students and families than we originally understood,” Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) said at a House Education and Labor hearing with Brandon Lipps, USDA’s deputy undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.