Issues: Income Assistance
Position in Brief
The League of Women Voters of Illinois believes that the federal government should bear primary responsibility for financing programs designed to meet the basic needs of individuals and families. The League supports secondary state funding for income assistance and supportive services for all low-income individuals and families.
The administration of income assistance and supportive services requires the recruitment, retention, and training of sufficient numbers of qualified personnel; clear guidelines for responsibility; adequate information systems; and program evaluation.
With a vote of 58 to 40, the U.S. Senate did not pass legislation to extend by three months emergency jobless benefits for almost 2 million long-term unemployed.
The U.S. Senate passed the Farm Bill on a vote of 68 to 32 with over 50% of the $16.6 billion “saved” (over 10 years) coming from cuts to the SNAP program (food stamp program) that helps feed 47,500,000 people.