Budgets, it is often said in Washington, are moral documents meant to convey priorities. House Republicans’ fiscal year 2018 budget makes their priorities crystal clear—namely, delivering tax cuts to millionaires at the expense of America’s struggling working families.
Among the cruelest elements of the proposal is its plan to decimate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program. House Republicans want to slash SNAP by a whopping $154 billion over 10 years, cutting projected spending on benefits by 42 percent of projected SNAP spending between 2023 and 2027. If these budget cuts were enacted solely by taking families off the program, more than 7 million households per year could lose access to benefits starting in 2023, and 6.6 million households could lose access in 2027.
See the Center for American Progress article for estimates of the number of households who could lose SNAP benefits in each state.
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