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Center for American Progress: Cuts to SNAP would cut jobs

Each $1 billion cut to the supplemental nutrition assistance program known as SNAP would eliminate 13,718 jobs, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, said in a report released today.

The study notes that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., included cuts to SNAP in his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, and expects him to include a cut this year as well. Ryan is expected to reveal the proposed Republican House budget early this week.

The study maintains that Ryan’s proposal to cut $127 billion from SNAP over 10 years and turn the program, formerly known as food stamps, into a block grant to the states would have eliminated 96,000 jobs if Congress had adopted it.

Economic Consequences of Cutting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program