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Comments in response to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Employment andTraining Opportunities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program RIN 0584-AE68
Comment on USDA’s Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances.December 3, 2019
On behalf of Heartland Alliance, we appreciate the opportunity to comment on USDA's Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances. The proposed rule would exacerbate the struggles many of people experiencing poverty and with low incomes have paying for costs of both food and utilities. It would have harmful impacts on health and well-being as well as on the economy. The proposed rule is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn.
Comments in Opposition to Proposed Rulemaking: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP ProgramSeptember 23, 2019
This is a response in opposition to proposed rulemaking that would make eligibility changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The proposed changes would cause serious harm to Heartland Alliance participants, Illinoisans experiencing hunger and poverty—including hundreds of thousands of working Illinoisans who are not earning enough to make ends meet—and millions of people across the country. In addition to taking away food assistance from millions of individuals, this proposed rule would make it more difficult for low-income individuals to save for the future, inequitably harm people of color and especially women of color, and greatly increase administrative burdens on agencies already operating at capacity. For these reasons, we believe the proposed rule should be withdrawn.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents: Heartland Alliance Comments on USDA Notice of Proposed RulemakingApril 1, 2019
These are Heartland Alliance's comments in response to the USDA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the expansion of work requirements for childless adults receiving food and nutrition support via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As these comments reflect, the proposed changes would cause serious harm to Heartland Alliance participants, Illinoisans experiencing hunger and poverty, and hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Heartland Alliance strongly opposes any rule changes that will result in people losing access to basic supports such as food and nutrition assistance. Instead, we urge the Administration to focus its time, attention, and resources on implementing proven approaches to ending poverty and advancing employment and economic opportunity for ALL.
Extending Overtime Protections: Heartland Alliance Comments on U.S. Department of Labor Notice of Proposed RulemakingSeptember 3, 2015
All workers deserve a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.We commend DOL for taking this important step to ensure that workers are adequately compensated for their work. We urge the Department to finalize and implement the rule without delay. Importantly, although the implementation of the Department's proposed rule will signify a significant step forward for millions of workers, many of the workers who are most vulnerable to wage and hour exploitation continue to be left out. As DOL considers further steps to strengthen protections for workers, the full list of workers currently exempt from the FLSA minimum wage and overtime protections should be reviewed and narrowed to ensure that we stop creating a second class of workers. These excluded workers deserve minimum wage and overtime protections and further consideration of inclusion in future rulemaking.
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