AP Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a $30 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in March, saying the program is “unsustainable.”
She has proposed a plan to eliminate the program in 2026, which is not only short of what is needed, but also would reduce spending on SNAP benefits for millions of Americans.
The cuts would come at a cost: $1.4 trillion in SNAP benefits.
In 2017, SNAP had a budget of $8 billion, or about 6 percent of the economy.
“The current SNAP system is unsustainable,” Burwell said in her March budget proposal.
“We must reduce SNAP spending and reform the current SNAP program so that it can meet the future needs of our country and ensure that all Americans can have access to the food they need to thrive and thrive.”
Burwell’s proposal would require that states adopt an income-based eligibility system, a new welfare system, and a cap on the amount of money that states can spend on SNAP.
These reforms could also include reducing benefits for families who do not have enough money to feed their children or elderly relatives.
“This is a big, bold step,” Burwilly said.
“These are huge changes.”
The cuts could affect people who qualify for SNAP and other benefits.
A person who has lost a job, who is disabled, or has been unemployed for more than a year is ineligible for SNAP.
The Trump administration is also considering reducing the SNAP benefit that a family can receive.
Under the proposed cuts, the maximum amount of SNAP benefits that a household can receive would be capped at $1,500 per month for a single person and $2,000 per month per child, which would also affect SNAP recipients with children younger than six.
SNAP is one of the biggest government programs, especially in low-income areas, that supports families in poverty.
SNAP beneficiaries make up a majority of the nation’s poorest households.
For example, nearly 3 in 5 households below the poverty line receive SNAP benefits, according to the Urban Institute.
The federal government’s SNAP program was created in 1976.
It helps people who have limited means or cannot make ends meet, but the program has long been plagued by high poverty rates.
The current budget proposal would end the SNAP program by 2026 and increase the amount it can spend from $8 to $16 billion per year.
The proposal would also reduce the amount that states get from the Supplemental Food Assistance Program, a program that provides food and other assistance to low- and moderate-income households, from $2.5 billion to $1 billion per month.
SNAP benefits are also at the center of an ongoing lawsuit between the Trump administration and the states over whether the cuts will lead to increased reliance on government food assistance programs and cut SNAP benefits overall.
The lawsuits are being filed by several states, including Alaska, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Burwell has repeatedly argued that cutting SNAP benefits would increase reliance on food stamp programs and the Supplemental Educational Nutrition Assistance program.
But critics argue that SNAP benefits could be used to pay for the cost of SNAP.
In 2016, the Trump Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to block the Trump-era cuts.
In March, Burwell signed an executive order to eliminate some SNAP benefits in 2027, but a federal judge blocked the cuts in May.
The states appealed, but an appeals court ruled in June that the federal government can continue to eliminate SNAP benefits until at least 2026.
Burroughs cuts could be particularly damaging for the poor.
About 70 percent of Americans who are currently receiving SNAP benefit have incomes of less than $30,000 a year, according the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The average SNAP benefit in the first quarter of 2021 was $6,000, according a recent report by the Urban Justice Center.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that SNAP payments will rise from $1 trillion in 2020 to $3.6 trillion in 2032.
This will increase SNAP spending by $600 billion in 2029 and $1-billion in 2031.
That would mean that the SNAP cuts will make it harder for millions more Americans to receive SNAP and would likely cause millions more people to lose SNAP benefits entirely.
But in some states, the cuts would not affect food stamp recipients.
A proposed law in Florida would require people in households earning up to $32,000 to work at least 60 hours a week, according Politico.
Other states are planning to expand SNAP benefits as well.
The Senate passed a $6.5 trillion package of bills to replace Obamacare in February, including $3 billion for SNAP in 2028 and $3 million in 2033.
These changes could increase SNAP benefits by as much as 40 percent, according research by the American Action Forum.
The Center on Nutrition Policy and Promotion estimates that if SNAP cuts were implemented, the SNAP population would shrink by about one million.
That’s the same number of people that are currently