Rep. Antonio Delgado Calls for Answers on SNAP Benefits Affected by Government Shutdown

January 9, 2019
Press Release
Delgado joined colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on possible lapse in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits due to government shutdown; 28,000 households in the 19th Congressional District participate in the SNAP program

WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined over 100 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on how it will address the possible lapse in benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) due to the government shutdown. The letter comes amidst the recent announcement that SNAP benefits would continue through February, but questions remain on what will happen if the government shutdown continues, how current applications are being processed, and what the agency is doing to get program participants the information they need during the shutdown.

Approximately 28,000 households in New York’s 19th Congressional District participate in the SNAP program. 

"The irresponsible government shutdown is now putting at risk families' ability to put food on the table. From kids to seniors across the district, the SNAP program provides essential benefits," said Delgado. "While I'm glad that the Department of Agriculture will at least continue benefits through next month, the agency needs to lay out its plans for how it is processing applications, communicating with families in the program, and addressing the lapse of funding if the government shutdown continues." 

The letter, led by Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), asks for immediate responses to the Congressional inquiries on the Department of Agriculture's funding and implementation of the SNAP program during the shutdown. Read the letter HERE.

Ending the government shutdown is Delgado's first priority as a new Member of Congress. His first votes in Congress were to pass legislation to reopen the government, and he will be casting additional votes this week to reopen the government -- all proposals that previously passed the Senate with bipartisan support. He is also an original cosponsor of a bill that requires the Congressional Budget Office to submit daily reports to Congress on the cost and impact of a government shutdown on the economy.