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Citing Fiscal Concerns, Rothfus Votes With Dems To Kill Farm Bill

“On Friday Congressman Keith Rothfus, a conservative Republican from Sewickley, joined Democrats in voting down a farm bill that would have imposed new limits on food benefits. Opponents of the bill feared its stricter eligibility requirements could deprive 70,000 Pennsylvania households of aid. But while they rarely find common ground with the conservative lawmaker, they […]

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Publish Date: 05-18-2018

News Outlet: 90.5 WESA FM

Author: Chris Potter

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Diverse groups are united in opposition to failed Farm Bill

“Colloquially it’s called the Farm Bill, but the legislation that narrowly failed to pass Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives is actually the largest federal source of conservation funding for private and public lands. Up for renewal every four years, recent incarnations have generally attempted to curb the impacts that farmers and other landowners […]

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Publish Date: 05-18-2018

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: John Hayes

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The Tribune-Democrat

House looks to expand work requirement for Medicaid and food stamps

“House Republicans continued their push to compel able-bodied adults to get jobs or risk losing access to government safety net programs on Tuesday. The state House voted 115-80 to pass a work requirement for able-bodied adults getting health care through Medicaid. Five Republicans voted against the plan and four Democrats broke ranks to support it….”

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Publish Date: 04-17-2018

News Outlet: The Tribune-Democrat

Author: John Finnerty

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Words matter in Legislature’s Medicaid work-requirement debate

“At a state budget hearing last month, the then-acting Human Services secretary, Teresa Miller, was asked a question by a legislator: “Is Medicaid health care or is Medicaid welfare?” “Medicaid is health care,” Ms. Miller replied. That question is at the heart of an ongoing legislative fight in Harrisburg….”

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Publish Date: 04-16-2018

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. community college students can now qualify for food aid

“Students at Pennsylvania’s community colleges could now be eligible for food stamps, due to a change in how state officials interpret a federal rule. Federal food stamp rules say students at institutions of higher learning must meet a work requirement to qualify for the program, but the change means most income-eligible community college students would […]

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Publish Date: 03-27-2018

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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The Pitt News

Community calls for financial safety net

“Valkyrie Speaker was one of several who shed tears while sharing experiences of financial struggle before and during college Wednesday afternoon. ‘When I applied to Pitt, I was homeless,’ Speaker said. “I’m lucky to be here on academic scholarship, but it still feels like I don’t have a home to go home to’….”

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Publish Date: 01-25-2018

News Outlet: The Pitt News

Author: Remy Samuels

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill would simplify process for seniors seeking food aid

“…’This is great idea, since it not only reduces the potential barrier on participating senior, but also makes administration simpler and less costly to state governments,’ said Ken Regal, executive director of Pittsburgh-based anti-hunger group Just Harvest. ‘We have better things to do with our tax dollars than make people whose only income is Social […]

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Publish Date: 11-27-2017

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More than 350,000 Pa. seniors take advantage of streamlined food-stamp application

“… Some seniors can be socially isolated, or might not be able to use the state’s online benefits application or visit a county assistance office, said Ken Regal, executive director of Pittsburgh-based anti-hunger advocacy group Just Harvest. His organization has funding from the National Council on Aging and a local foundation to enroll seniors in […]

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Publish Date: 11-13-2017

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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