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The U.S. House passed a bill last week that would cut 40 billion over the next ten years for the program.

 

It is estimated it would force 3.8 million off of the program nation wide.

 

Juan Carlos Ordonez with the Oregon Center for Public Poloicy says the need for this program is greater than ever

 

"At a national level, we need to protect the program to meet the needs of the SNAP program.  But beyond that, we need a robust job programs that puts people back to work.  A lot of the problems with poverty are a direct result of the unemployment levels."

 

17 percent of Oregonians are living in poverty according to the latest census figures.

 

During the recession, 14 percent were living in poverty, so the numbers are going up, not down during the recovery.

Traffic

 

 

  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)