Monday, March 30, 2015
DRAFT FEDERAL BUDGETS BLUDGEON SNAP
The budgets adopted Senate Budget committee and passed by the House each cut more than $3 trillion over 10 years (2016-2025) from programs that serve low- and moderate-income people. In dollar terms, the plans would cut these programs by $3.7 trillion House) and $3.2 trillion (Senate), respectively, over the next decade. The House plan turns SNAP into a block grant starting in 2021 and cuts SNAP funds by $125 billion, or more than a third, from 2021 to 2025. While states would be left to decide ultimately whose benefits to reduce or terminate, cuts of this magnitude would end or cut food assistance benefits for millions of low-income families. The Senate bill does not explicitly call for block-granting SNAP, but the general allocation of its unspecified entitlement program cuts indicates that SNAP food assistance provided through would likely be cut heavily.
Ironically, the proposed cuts would affect more than 1 million people in the Congressional districts represented by House Budget Committee Republicans. In 16 of the 22 districts, between 20 and 30% of SNAP households contained at least one person aged 60 or over. In two it was well above 30%. In 12 districts between 50 and 60% of SNAP households contained children under age 18; in five districts the percentage was between 45 and 50%; in four it was slightly above 60% percent; and in one it was 70.6%.