The Trump administration has added another reason to vote Trump out of office in 2020. The administration's proposal to change the food stamp program will likely cut off millions of poor people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Trump's food stamp proposal may become a scary reality to the people who need it the most. The proposal potentially takes away SNAP from 3.1 million families that depend on it.
Ironically, many of Trumps supporters will be hurt by the proposal as well. It has been reported that the majority of Americans that are receiving government assistance such as food stamps are poor White Americans. Newsweek posted an article back in January of 2018 stating the following, "whites are the biggest beneficiaries when it comes to government safety-net programs like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, commonly referred to as welfare."
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It seems as if Trump is making an effort to cut welfare and food stamps, as he continues to attack poor people while giving tax cuts to the wealthy. However, Trump's proposal to change food stamp qualifications has been met with pushback.
According to USA Today, 70 mayors from across the country spoke out against the proposal in a letter sent to the Department Of Agriculture on Wednesday.
"During times of economic downturn, every additional $5 dollars in SNAP benefits generates up to $9 dollars of economic activity, and every $1 billion increase in SNAP benefits results in 8,900 full-time equivalent jobs," the letter said.
The USDA responded by stating that the cuts could help save money. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young was among the 70 Mayors that rejected the new proposal and with good reason. The city of Baltimore could be devastated by the cuts. Approximately, 15,000 people in Baltimore City depend on SNAP.
These proposed cuts could cause children to in low-income communities to go hungry at school.
The USDA is not backing down from their stance claiming the proposal could save billions in taxpayer funds.
Victor J Morrow