Government shutdown could cut off food stamps
WASHINGTON - A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.
The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that it will stop providing benefits "within the first several days of October" if Congress does not pass legislation to keep government agencies open. Democratic lawmakers said USDA does not have enough money in reserve to pay a full month's benefits and a partial government shutdown would affect recipients in states that pay out their benefits at the first of the month.
Congressional Republicans are trying to avert a government shutdown next week when the budget year ends. A temporary funding bill to keep agencies operating has been complicated by a battle over funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Trim and terrific treats with Holly Clegg recipes
Hammer-wielding robbers smash glass cases at Wal-Mart, steal nearly $10,000 in electronics
Livingston Parish Christmas toy delivery
Star Wars fans turn out in force for latest movie premiere
Mike Edmonson won't respond to allegations of wrongdoing but believes he was...