Dispelling Confusion on Food Stamps, Tax Rebates, and the Stimulus Package: Speaker's Statement On Food Stamps At National Press Club Was Mistaken


Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Robert Greenstein

Research Area: Banking and finance; Economics

Keywords: Economic projections; Federal budget; Food insecurity; Income diversity

Type: Report


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made tough choices in the stimulus package, securing a tax rebate that includes most low-income working families while dropping provisions for temporary increases in unemployment and food stamp benefits.  Unfortunately, in defending those choices at the National Press Club on Friday, she mistakenly provided an inaccurate description of the food stamp provision that was dropped.