Trump’s budget proposes big changes to the program that provides more than 42 million Americans with food stamps.
And it would put more money back in taxpayers pockets — while also making sure the system is harder to cheat.
The budget also floats the idea of new legislation that would require able-bodied adults to work or participate in a work program in order to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the official name of the food stamp program.
The president’s budget would reduce spending on food stamps by roughly $213 billion over the next 10 years.
The budget calls for a $17 billion reduction in 2019, and proposes “a bold new approach” to administering SNAP that will include a combination of traditional food stamps and packages of “100 percent American grown foods provided directly to households.”
“Reforms the Food Safety Net While Promoting Work. The Budget proposes a bold new approach to nutrition assistance that combines traditional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with 100-percent American grown foods provided directly to households and focuses administrative reforms on outcome-based employment strategies,” the budget says.
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“In addition, the Budget expands on previous proposals to strengthen expectations for work among able-bodied adults, preserve benefits for those most in need, promote efficiency in State operations, and improve program integrity. Combined, these reforms maintain the Administration’s commitment to ensuring Americans in need of assistance have access to a nutritious diet while significantly reducing the cost to taxpayers.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this article