Those who qualify for the Heat and Eat Program, could loose $90.00 in food assistance following a rejected bill to continue the funding.
A number of Republicans and Democrats in the senate turned down the plan of continuing the to fund a program they say is riddled with loopholes. Oregon is one of eleven states that offer the utility assistance program.Low -income families who receive just one dollar in federal assistance to pay their heating bill automatically get more in food stamps. The cut to this program could save $4.5 billion dollars over ten years. That also means thousands of Oregonians, mostly children and the elderly will not get the help. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D), doesn't support the cuts. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is part of the Farm Bill and accounts for around $80 billion dollars of spending. Forty-six million people nationwide are on some sort of Food assistance and one in five in Oregon.