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Legislators Make Good on Promises to Poor

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At the end of January, Spotlight reported that early drafts of the recovery bill signed into law yesterday by President Barack Obama included numerous expansions of critical social services and other aid to the nation۪s poor.

The good news is that a lot of these programs made it into the final bill. ProPublica compiled a comprehensive catalogue of stimulus expenditures by category and included a nearly $37 billion category entitled “Aid to People Affected by Economic Downturn.”

Food Stamps (now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) make up the lion۪s share of this funding (almost $20 billion), but many other deserving projects get new funding as well, including child care assistance for low-income families and school lunch programs.

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