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Two weeks ago, the House of Delegates passed a bill (HB 4001) that would further restrict access to food assistance (SNAP).
The version of the bill approved by the House eliminated the asset testing requirement for those who apply for SNAP or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and prohibits the state from providing a financial incentive for its eligibility verification vendor to reduce the number of SNAP recipients. However, these changes only made a bad bill less bad.
Unfortunately, the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee is moving forward with consideration of the bill.
Please contact members of the Senate Health Committee and your Senators and tell them to vote NO on HB 4001.
HB 4001 would implement work requirements in some of the state’s poorest counties, and prevent able bodied adults without dependents from accessing SNAP for more than 3 months over a three year period, and imposes no responsibility on the state to provide assistance or incentives to help program participants obtain work or job training or to further their education. This will only replicate the failures of the state’s nine-county pilot project which enacted a work requirement for SNAP that failed to boost employment but succeeded in lowering enrollment.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, in a weak economy, every $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.70 in our local economy. In 2016, SNAP brought $499 million in federal dollars to West Virginia.
Please contact Senate Health Committee members and your Senators. Tell them the proposed changes to SNAP will hurt our people and our economy, and tell them to vote NO on HB 4001.
Yours for Action,
Team WV CAG
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Please provide legislators phone numbers, not just names. Streamlines the process. Tx
Thanks, Jeanne. We agree. For next session we’ll work on having more committee lists with members’ names and contact info. all in one place.
The Health Committee passed the bill out yesterday evening. Because it is late in the session the Senate has done some procedural maneuvering that means the final vote will be today. If you haven’t already, contact your Senators and tell them to vote NO on HB 4001!
Find their contact info. here: http://www.wvlegislature.gov/Senate1/roster.cfm
or here: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/