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Food stamps for millions of Americans become pawn in shutdown fight

January 08, 2019 / HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH

As the partial government shutdown extends into its third week, the Department of Agriculture won't say how long it can keep paying out food stamp benefits for the nearly 39 million people who depend on the program each month. The White House and House Democrats, locked in a bitter political struggle over border wall funding, have started raising alarm that the food stamp program, one of the most significant forms of aid for low-income Americans, could run out of funds in coming weeks if Congress doesn’t act an apparent attempt by both sides to increase pressure on Congress to end the shutdown.