Now, more on the SNAP program. Close to 16 million American households, nearly 14 percent of households, receive food stamps. That's 48 million Americans. Who are they and how would a cut affect them? Well, we're going to put those questions to Stacy Dean at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Welcome to the program.
STACY DEAN: Thanks for having me.
SIEGEL: What does that population look like? Who are those 48 million Americans?
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Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:12 pm
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