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Lawmakers aim to speed up food stamp processing

Residents applying for food assistance would get a receipt from government agents and some low-income New Jerseyans would qualify for expedited access to benefits under bills moving through the Legislature.

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A supermarket displays stickers indicating they accept food stamps in West New York, N.J., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state to expedite the handling of applications for food stamps. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A supermarket displays stickers indicating they accept food stamps in West New York, N.J., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state to expedite the handling of applications for food stamps. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Lawmakers may mandate faster handling of New Jersey food aid

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state to expedite the handling of applications for food stamps.

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Bills target NJ food assistance program

Four lawmakers, seeking to improve what they called New Jersey's "chronically poor performance" in administering the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, have introduced a three-bill package of legislation aimed at addressing the problem of delays in the SNAP application process.

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Doctors Say Cutting Food Stamps Could Backfire

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors' offices or hospitals as a result.

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Food Stamp Reductions Hit New Jersey

If you use food stamps in New Jersey feeding your family is going to be a little tougher.

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Food Stamp Cuts Kick In As Congress Debates More

More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program.

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Xerox: Access Restored For Food Stamp Users

People in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.

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NJ Food Stamp Recipients Face New Hardship [AUDIO]

Come Nov. 1, the average family of four in New Jersey and across the country that receive food stamps will bring in about $36 less in monthly benefits as the temporary increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) runs out.

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House Approves Big Cut to Food Stamps

The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.

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House Bill Would Cut $4B a Year from Food Stamps

The House is expected to consider a bill this week that would cut food stamps by an estimated $4 billion annually and allow states to put broad new work requirements in place for recipients.

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