Congress created changes to food assistance. Here’s what they mean

Congress recently made significant revisions to the food stamp program, affecting work requirements and exemptions for specific groups.

Key changes: The new agreement enacts work requirements for people aged 50 to 54, while exempting those experiencing homelessness, veterans, and youths aged 18 to 24 who aged out of foster care.
* These changes are set to expire in 2030.

Reactions: While some lawmakers and hunger advocates support the exemptions for vulnerable groups, others criticize the changes for potentially causing harm to older Americans.
* Some Republicans sought stricter work requirements or making them permanent.

Unexpected effects: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the changes would slightly increase the number of people on the program and raise federal spending by about $2.1 billion from 2023 to 2033.
* Republicans have disputed the CBO’s findings, claiming they are incorrect.

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