New Budget Could Cut Food Stamps For 11 Million People

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Republicans are trying to cut budgets, but a spending plan unveiled by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Georgia) could eliminate food stamps for 11 million people. 

Committee staff revealed Price’s cut would be $125 billion over 10 years, about 34 percent of program funding, the Huffington Post reported. According to Washington, D.C. think tank  Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 11 to 12 million people would be removed from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to make the budget viable. 

Alternatively, everyone’s monthly benefits could be cut by $55. Given that the average American receives $127.91 every month, a $55 reduction could be disastrous, especially for families who already struggle to survive on such small allowances.

States would have to decide how they’re going to implement the budget cuts. The budget would also make SNAP a block grant that states would distribute based on federal criteria. The cuts would not be implemented until 2021.

"While states might not seek to hit the targets through just one of these approaches, these examples illustrate the magnitude of the reductions needed," the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Dorothy Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings reported. "States would have few other places to achieve the required cuts because such a large share of SNAP expenditures go for SNAP benefits."

It’s unlikely Price’s proposal will become law any time soon. Congress would have to approve his plan, which would also have to pass through subcommittees and its unlikely that President Barack Obama would sign the budget, which also has provisions for repealing the Affordable Care Act. 

Source: Huffington Post Image via U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr