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SNAP, Child Nutrition Programs Funded Through March

an. 9 (UPI) -- Food stamp recipients won't miss their February benefits even if the partial government shutdown continues, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday night.

The agency found a way to fund the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for 38 million Americans without new appropriations from Congress, the agency said in a news release

January's payments went out although the USDA's funding expired on Dec. 21. The shutdown of 25 percent of the government involves several agencies, including USDA. The other agencies are fully funded through September as President Donald Trump is demanding funding for a border barrier along Mexico, which Democrats oppose.

"At President Trump's direction, we have been working with the administration on this solution. It works and is legally sound," Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in the news release. "And we want to assure states, and SNAP recipients, that the benefits for February will be provided.

And Perdue told reporters that the agency will look into options for March.

"We've provided an additional month of SNAP benefits with this solution, I believe that gives Congress ample time to act," he told reporters.

The child nutrition programs, which include school meals and after-school programs, are funded through March.

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