Trump's food stamp proposal builds on previous GOP efforts

President Donald Trump has sent a proposed budget to Congress that includes slashing $38 billion from farm bill programs, including crop insurance and nutrition supports, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The budget does not go into detail about how the work requirements will be implemented, and all states already have a work requirement for food stamps, though some have been granted waivers.

Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, called the proposal "a devastating blow to millions of low income people throughout the country, in a transparent effort to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and increase defense spending".

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The Trump budget would also cut funding for the Food and Drug Administration's food safety program, including reducing staff levels, and cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control, which tracks and responds to foodborne illness outbreaks. Changes in SNAP alone would save $191 billion. Nearly 44 million people received SNAP benefits in 2016, meaning that cuts to this program would affect tens of millions of people and make it harder for them to get the food they need.

Bottom line: the programs that Trump wants to cut save lives, and we need to protect them. In states that reinstated the limit, such as Kansas and ME, many of those who had their benefits stopped were still not working a year later. Rachidi said she would prefer a broader plan on how to help people get back to work.

Chuck Grom, an analyst with Gordon Haskett Research Advisors, in a note distributed to clients on Monday said the proposal would reduce the monthly average benefit to recipients by more than 31% to $173 from a current benefit of around $252 per month.

"If you're paying for it isn't it reasonable for you to at least ask that question aren't there people on that program who shouldn't be on there?" He would also cut billions of dollars in public housing funds. While infrastructure investment is desperately needed, Trump's budget would rely heavily on private financing, which has a nasty track record of costing taxpayers more money than publicly run infrastructure. "The basic living standards that everyone needs - enough food, health care, and housing - are shredded, not strengthened".

But in a signal that some proposed cuts to domestic programs are likely to face resistance even from conservatives, Mr. Meadows said he could not stomach the idea of doing away with food assistance for older Americans.

"It's a problem - it's a big problem", Kentucky Republican Harold Rogers, a powerful member of the House Appropriations Committee, told the Washington Post of the president's Medicaid plans. "If one was inclined to lose a lot of weight, I could recommend this diet wholeheartedly".

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