The precipitous drop in retail sales in September made it clear that the first economic stimulus package earlier this year – which focused on individual tax rebates – was unable to effectively bolster the economy. As the economy continues to decline, lawmakers are looking for new means to increase low-income Americans’ spending power and – especially considering economists’ support – increasing the food stamps allotment has emerged as an important component of a possible second economic stimulus.
“Economists are quite in agreement that food stamps, unemployment insurance, and adjusting the paychecks of the bottom half of American workers would have a far greater effect,” said Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer in a recent interview with Dow Jones.
Call your Senator today to encourage them to support increasing food stamps benefits as a part of the second economic stimulus package.
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