U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) has cosponsored an amendment, offered by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, to restore funding for the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP). Currently, the legislation limits eligibility for the Heat and Eat program resulting in a $4.5 billion reduction in SNAP spending, which means a loss of $70 per month on average for many of the 140,000 families in Massachusetts who use the program. The amendment cosponsored by Senator Brown would restore SNAP funding and pay for the program by reducing federally guaranteed profits for crop insurance companies.
"There are many families throughout the Commonwealth and the nation who depend on food stamps to get by in today's tough economy and it is important that this service is available for them," said Senator Brown. "I strongly support this amendment to keep the food stamp program intact for low income families. We include an offset for the cost, which means we are doing right by families in need and taxpayers at the same time."