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Food Stamp Benefits

Starting in May, Indiana residents who get food stamps will receive 95 dollars less each month.

In November, Governor Holcomb requested legislators to prepare the way for the end of Indiana’s health emergency by approving a measure that would preserve extended Medicaid and food stamp benefits for the state’s poorest residents.

When the epidemic struck, the Trump Administration raised those benefits, and the Biden Administration increased them even higher in April of this year.

Holcomb had requested that the additional funds be kept in place for as long as the federal health emergency continues to be in existence. However, legislators only extended them until April 16, instead of longer.

That is the date on which the federal emergency is supposed to terminate, but it has been continuously prolonged, much like the state of Indiana’s emergency.

Holcomb signed the bill, as well as the executive order that brought Indiana’s state of emergency to an end, last week.

At a press conference earlier this month, he stated that the April deadline was something he could live with. It is important to note that the benefit cutoff restores benefits to their prior levels before the epidemic struck,

which he believes is acceptable given the pandemic’s waning health and economic consequences.

Because of an unrelated increase granted by the United States Department of Agriculture in October, benefits will actually be slightly greater than they were prior to the outbreak.

Senators from both parties voted no on the bill in protest of the benefit reduction. House Democrats, on the other hand, voted decisively in favor.

After the vote, Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) expressed disappointment with the expiration date but noted that it is unclear how long the federal emergency will stay in place.

Last Monday, a bipartisan group of Democratic governors petitioned the White House to extend the state of emergency until the middle of July.

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Last month, 76 House Republicans, including Indiana’s Greg Pence and Larry Bucshon, signed a letter to President Barack Obama calling for the termination of the declaration.

The White House has not stated whether it will renew the federal emergency declaration for another period of time, but it has stated that it will provide states with 60 days’ notice before making any changes to the order.

Those self-imposed deadlines were met on February 15.

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