In two and half months, on November 1st, the additional SNAP payments the President's Recovery Act guaranteed families and children in San Diego can count on to live healthy and work to earn an income will end. Conservative Republicans in the House led by Speaker Boehner will have taken away around 1.50 dollars for a meal, on average.
Feeling the pain of hunger will stand in the way of locals finding the work with a middle class income Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) says the SNAP food aid payments are supposed to help family earners find. San Diego's recovery job market has not lifted nearly most locals without a job out of a financial wreck, and now the opportunitiy to continue to get federal financial aid that pays for food, the opportunity the Senate was going to give families and children in May, still hangs in suspense. Davis is asking for a new version of the agriculture bill, on the spot.
Avoiding necessary fasts, or many visits to the San Diego Food Bank, depends on it. "Programs like SNAP keep people from falling deeper into poverty and help them as they work their way into the middle class," Davis said Wednesday in a letter sent to the House speaker.
The conservative Republicans who follow Boehner did not find the Recovery SNAP payments a motivational reward for planning to use low money to stay healthy, and look for work. Even the regular visits to the food bank will not get federal support. The U.S. payment directly to the food banks that was in the Senate bill's reauthorization for the SNAP aid was one of the aid payments in the aid package the House took out of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act earlier this year.
The Senate bill that, not a complete reauthorization, would have prevented college students at the local UC, CSU, and community college schools, not truly from a low income family from receiving benefits. Davis, who voted down the agriculture bill, with Representatives Scott Peters and Juan Vargas, will play by the rules to get as full a package in a new agriculture bill as the Democrats can get past the legislature.
She depends on the package to come quick, and keep the local recovery among the poor and unemployed moving up. Davis said, "We know that a strong middle class creates a strong economy. The last thing we need is to hinder our economic growth by ending the programs that help lift people out of poverty and give them a leg up in the middle class."
San Diegans among the 47 million family members and children who get supplemental nutrition assistance to pay for basic food needs will stick it out, for now.
This is an On The Watch Take.