Food Stamp Use Has Fallen Under Trump

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Newly released U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show a decrease in the number of Americans using food stamps under President Donald Trump.

In June, the number of people using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits dropped to the lowest it has been since 2010, according to The Daily Wire. The number of Americans using SNAP has fallen each month since Trump took office.

In January, when Trump took office, 42.6 million people were receiving SNAP benefits. That number has decreased over recent months until the most recent statistics in June, where it was reported that 41.3 million people were receiving SNAP benefits.

The Congressional Budget Office has projected that the next 10 years will see a steady decline in the number of SNAP participants, with an estimated 32.5 million people expected to be using the program by 2027.

Factors contributing to the fall in SNAP participation include stricter rules for benefit eligibility, including work requirements in states including Alabama and Georgia. Other states are working to pass new requirements to qualify for benefits. Trump's proposed 2018 budget would also cut funding for SNAP.

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In June, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that Trump's proposed budget would cut almost $200 billion from SNAP over the next decade, cutting more than 25 percent of the program's funding. The budget would also reportedly change the program's funding to have a larger proportion come from states, allowing governors and state governments to pass their own cuts to the program, according to Time.

More than one-half of those who receive SNAP benefits are elderly or children.

The CBPP said the Trump administration's proposed budget would radically alter the structure of SNAP, changing it from a national program that provides consistent benefits to those in different states, to one where states would have a larger role in determining benefits, reducing the effectiveness of the benefits program.

In May 2011, Herman Cain, who was at the time a Republican presidential candidate, said the country had 14 million more people on food stamps compared to before former President Barack Obama took office.

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While SNAP beneficiaries did increase significantly during his presidency, Obama took office in the middle of the Great Recession, which began more than a year before Obama's inauguration.

The number of people using SNAP began to rise under President George W. Bush, who was in office when the recession began, PolitiFact reports. During Bush's presidency, policies increased eligibility for Americans to qualify for SNAP, and the program made more efforts to bring eligible citizens into the program.

Sources: The Daily Wire, PolitiFact, Time, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities / Featured Images: Aaron Fulkerson/Flickr / Embedded Images: Christopher Reilly/Flickr, Joyce S. Lee/Flickr

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