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USDA tells states to shut down food stamp program until deal reached

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foodstamps-2If Congress doesn’t reach a deal on the debt ceiling to the president’s liking by the end of the month, the Obama administration has ordered states to withhold food stamps.

A letter from the Department of Agriculture has directed the states to suspend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the month of November, according to Salt Lake City Fox10 News.

Crossroads Urban Center, a private social services organization, posted a copy the letter it received from the USDA on its Facebook page, with the following message:

This letter appears to tell states to hold Food Stamp benefits for November pending further notice. Hopefully Congress will make a deal on the national budget and debt soon so people get their benefits next month!

“In the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing states to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to state electronic benefit transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice,” the Oct. 11 letter says.

More federal money is being spent to keep parks and monuments closed than it would take to keep them to remain open. In some cases, the government even losing income by doing so.

Veterans’ survivor benefits were even withheld from the families of fallen service members even though a new federal law provided for them. Finally a private foundation, the Fisher House, had to step in.

The Amber Alert system for missing children was even suspended, but the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” program is still running.

Watch the news report from Fox13 Salt Lake City.


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