Why we don’t want a palace pizza for Elysee Palace
POLITICO Washington — As President Donald Trump’s team works to get rid of the White House, it’s time to look at pizza options that are more affordable, but not just for the wealthy.
The Trump administration has been talking about cutting back on food stamps and other benefits, and the new budget proposal from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., calls for eliminating $1.2 billion in food stamps over five years and $9 billion in supplemental unemployment benefits.
It would also cut food stamp benefits to about 40 million Americans over a decade.
That would leave about 1.2 million people who qualify for the food stamps program with just over $30,000 per year in benefits.
Murray said in a statement Friday that the budget proposal “is a major step forward on reducing food insecurity, improving nutrition, and making sure that food and nutrition programs provide a safe and healthy diet for all Americans.
It also provides an opportunity to restore more money to our nation’s food banks and provide more support to those who need it most.”
The White House said in March that it would be “committed to reducing food and other food assistance spending and would focus on improving nutrition for our nation, its families, and its businesses.”
The budget would also restore $1 billion to the Food Stamp Program, which is the federal program for low-income Americans.
In addition, the budget proposes $1 million to support the Food Bank of Southern California, the food pantry and food distribution program.
The budget would save $7 billion from food stamp cuts over the next decade, and provide $5.6 billion to other food programs, according to a Murray spokesperson.
The budget also includes $4.6 million to help states prepare for the “historic and unprecedented” snowstorm that’s likely to hit this week.
The money would be spent in the first three months of the fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1.
In the past, the Trump administration hasn’t been shy about trying to reduce the food stamp program, and in fact has been trying to eliminate food stamps for several years.
In 2014, the president called for eliminating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for two years.
He also proposed to eliminate the SNAP program entirely by 2018.
The cuts would also affect the Supplemental Food Assistance Program, the main form of food aid that helps millions of Americans survive on less than $2 a day.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, if the Trump budget were to be implemented, roughly 40 million people could lose their food stamp payments over the course of five years.