Congress is working on the omnibus appropriations bill that needs to be passed by March 23 to avoid another government shutdown. If that bill is passed, it will fund the federal government through September 30, 2018. Several programs are at risk, including HeadStart, Title 1, IDEA, afterschool funding, Pell grants, and other education programs; it could also include programs like the navigators funding for the ACA and LIHEAP; and certainly funding for the national census.
The President’s latest budget contemplates reverting SNAP benefits back to pre-packaged food boxes. You can read analysis of this idea by one of our legislative fellows here.
The President has proposed his budget, and there are several items of concern for the economic security of our children and youth. Below is an excerpt from the Washington Post:
“President Trump proposed a budget Monday that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance and federal housing subsidies while pushing legislation to institute broad work requirements for families receiving housing vouchers, expanding on moves by some states to require recipients of Medicaid and food stamps to work.
The Trump budget proposal would gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, by $17.2 billion in 2019 — equivalent to 22 percent of the program’s total cost last year. It calls for cuts of more than $213.5 billion over the next decade, a reduction of nearly 30 percent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
In addition, Trump is proposing a full-scale redesign of SNAP, which provides an average of $125 per month to 42.2 million Americans. For the last 40 years, the program has allowed beneficiaries to use SNAP benefits at grocery stores as if they were cash. Under the budget proposal, the Department of Agriculture would use a portion of those benefits to buy and deliver a package of U.S.-grown commodities to SNAP households that receive $90 or more in assistance each month, using the government’s buying power to obtain common foods at lower costs…”
You can read the full article here.