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217 Today: Congress made SNAP work rules stricter. Food advocates worry about following Kansas’ lead

Volunteers load food into cars at the Franklin Center's Food Pantry. Many people who come to the Kansas City, Kansas pantry are either ineligible for SNAP or find the application process too difficult. "They asked too many questions for you needing assistance. If you've got so much a car or all of this, it's limited," said one Kansas resident who visited the pantry.

July 10, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • Though the Biden Administration has vowed to continue pushing for student loan forgiveness after the Supreme Court struck down its plan, some borrowers say they’re not holding their breath.
  • As Danville opens its first casino and draws new companies to town, Alderman Tricia Teague is making sure small businesses are included in the economic growth.
  • The Illinois Department of Transportation unveiled plans for its multi-year, $40 billion construction project.
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote this month on ethics reforms for the Supreme Court.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about how the stricter work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition and Food Program in Kansas could impact requirements in other states.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Owen Henderson, Emily Hays, Mawa Iqbal, Eric Stock and Eva Tesfaye.


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