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Flawed Rationale for Cuts in Core Assistance Programs for Low-Income Families

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Flawed Rationale for Cuts in Core Assistance Programs for Low-Income Families

June 28, 2017
By
Dawn Secor
A new report and commentary from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looks at the House Budget Committee  2018 budget plan that will set a framework for budget, tax, and appropriations bills to follow.  Media accounts indicate that it will use the fast-track “budget reconciliation” process to mandate substantial cuts in entitlements — one news report puts the figure at $200 billion — which are likely to come primarily from a range of low-income programs, such as food assistance through SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps), basic assistance and employment services through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and other supports for low- and moderate-income people.
 
Those calling for deep cuts in basic assistance for people of limited means commonly use two arguments to defend their proposals — that spending on these programs is “out of control” and that the cuts constitute “welfare reform” that will help people get jobs.  Both claims are specious.