4 million more people would be poor if it weren’t for food stamps

More Census news! The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities did some additional number-crunching on population growth, and found that the income from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--commonly known as food stamps--pushed 4 million people above the official poverty line in 2012.

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That doesn't mean they're not still poor, of course, but it can sure help to not have to worry about going hungry all the time.

It's a particularly important statistic, given that House Republicans are moving a bill that would cut funding for the SNAP program by $39 billion over a 10-year period. Farmers and the elderly are mobilizing against it, hoping that conservatives from poorer districts won't have the stomach to cut their constituents' benefits by that much.

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