2023-01-25 21:41:28

One state wants to cut food-stamp spending. Their plan: Ban fresh meat, flour and butter.

Logo CBS News
CBS News
By Aimee Picchi

A fight over food-stamps is brewing in Iowa, where Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill that would bar people who receive government nutrition benefits from using them to buy a wide variety of foods, including fresh meat, butter and flour.

The bill, called House File 3, was introduced earlier this month by state House Speaker Pat Grassley. The lawmaker, whose grandfather is Sen. Chuck Grassley, told CBS2Iowa that the bill is needed to trim spending the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to free up funding for other priorities.

SNAP is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a federal agency, although states bear some administrative costs for running the program for qualifying residents.

The Iowa measure comes as the food-stamp rolls around the U.S. have swelled during the pandemic, with 42 million people receiving food stamps as of October— an increase of about 14% from prior to the health crisis, according to the most recent data available.

In Congress, Republicans have often targeted SNAP for cost-cutting, including a push during the Trump administration to add work requirements for food-stamp recipients.

Continue read on cbsnews.com

Logo U.S. News & World Report
PoliticsBy Associated Press2023-01-25 02:07:18
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A voter initiative that would overturn a California law aimed at raising wages and improving working conditions for fast food workers...

Logo U.S. News & World Report
PoliticsBy Associated Press2023-01-25 17:35:00
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen delivered his first State of the State address in the state Capitol on Wednesday, spelling out plans to...

Logo U.S. News & World Report
PoliticsBy Associated Press2023-01-24 23:10:38
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates signed off Tuesday on a slate of business and personal income tax-reduction...

Logo U.S. News & World Report
PoliticsBy Associated Press2023-01-24 22:32:56
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A Virginia Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses like a...

Logo PR Newswire
EconomyPress Release2023-01-25 19:53:00
OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 25, 2023 /CNW/ - The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, released the following statement to mark Bell Let's Talk...

Logo The New York Times
EconomyBy Kurtis Lee2023-01-25 14:32:31
Pre-empting a law signed last year, business groups forced a ballot initiative on state oversight of wages and working conditions. LOS ANGELES A...

PoliticsBy Matthew Daly2023-01-25 16:48:28
WASHINGTON Ratcheting up his criticism of the Biden administration, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday moved to delay new tax credits for electric...

PoliticsBy Josh Funk2023-01-24 22:28:23
OMAHA, Neb. With egg prices more than doubling in the past year, calls are coming for an investigation into possible price gouging. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed sent...

Logo Nasdaq
Business / FinanceBy Bitcoin Magazine2023-01-25 15:08:47
A bill introduced by Sen. Wendy Rogers reflects growing interest in bitcoin from U.S. states. State Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-AZ) has introduced a set of bills...

Logo Fortune
Business / FinanceBy The Associated Press2023-01-25 05:39:18
Lobbying groups raised over $10 million and 623,000 signatures to challenge the law.

Logo Bloomberg
PoliticsBy Mackenzie Hawkins2023-01-25 19:52:35
Ultraconservatives in the House have dominated the public discussion on the US debt ceiling, but Speaker Kevin McCarthy can’t afford to ignore GOP centrists...

Logo Kitco NEWS
EconomyBy Jordan Finneseth2023-01-25 17:24:21
Editor's Note: With so much market volatility, stay on top of daily news! Get caught up in minutes with our speedy summary of today's must-read news and...

PoliticsBy Scott Mcfetridge2023-01-24 13:46:35
DES MOINES, Iowa Any Iowa student who wants to attend a private school could use public money to pay for tuition or other expenses under a plan approved...

Logo Benzinga
PoliticsBy Joana Scopel2023-01-25 13:48:47
Minnesota Gov.Tim Walz recently released a proposed budget for the 2023 session that includes legalizing recreational cannabis in the state, as reported...

Logo PR Newswire
EconomyPress Release2023-01-25 05:01:00
TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2023 /CNW/ - Today McCain Foods Limited (McCain) released its Sustainability Report, underpinning its commitment to producing delicious,...

Logo CBS News
PoliticsBy Camilo Montoya Galvez2023-01-24 22:10:23
Washington — Twenty Republican-controlled states filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asking a federal judge in Texas to halt a program recently unveiled by the Biden...

Logo Nasdaq
Business / FinanceBy Zacks2023-01-25 12:49:00
The earnings cycle is back and food players look fairly placed. While input cost inflation remains a hurdle, favorable demand, efficient productivity and...

Logo Benzinga
PoliticsBy Wayne Duggan2023-01-25 19:11:50
House Republicans will reportedly not get the chance to vote on the Fair Tax Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Earl L. Buddy Carter (R-GA) and intended to...

Logo Benzinga
Business / FinanceBy Pr Newswire2023-01-25 16:20:00
While optional extensions give consumers extra time to spend 2022 FSA funds, estimates show that 37% of users will still forfeit funds because they are not...

Logo U.S. News & World Report
PoliticsBy Associated Press2023-01-25 21:00:12
The federal Food and Drug Administration's top food safety official resigned Wednesday, citing concerns about the agency's oversight structure and the infant...