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Thursday, April 20, 2017

WHAT WILL SONNY DECIDE ABOUT SNAP CHOICE?


In February, Maine again asked USDA to approve its request to block state residents from using their SNAP benefits to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages and candy. The fate of that request will ultimately be up to Sonny Perdue, President Trump’s nominee for Agriculture secretary— and it’s anyone’s guess where he’ll land on the issue. Republicans tend to favor giving states more flexibility in lieu of federal mandates, but some in the party are very leery of letting Uncle Sam define what’s healthy and what’s not. Blocking Mountain Dew is one thing, but what about Gatorade? Sunny Delight? Iced tea? Some USDA watchers are quick to point out that Perdue is from Coca-Cola country and may be less likely to consider such a move, but it’s still a decision that will be closely watched.

Source: Politico, 4/13/17, SNAP Choice