US President Donald Trump had exuded confidence said that his maiden budget would lay the foundation of a new America. Now a report has cast aspersion over President Trump’s claim. The proposed $193 billion cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will hit children badly, a report says. SNAP or the food stamps scheme is a programme that presently serves about 42 million people. Through this project, US Government provides assistance to low-income, underprivileged people. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net, according to US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. The proposed reduction is a part of several other big spending cuts the Trump administration has made in the budget for fiscal 2018, according to a report.
The article written by the former co-chair of the National Commission on Hunger, Mariana Chilton has said that SNAP isn’t just a sieve, and underlined that it is one of US’ most efficient programs. It’s something that can grow as needed — and shrinks back down when not, she had written. Chilton claimed that current Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue termed it as a very important and effective program. She also said that she had informed members of Congress that hunger in the country is solvable. Raising concern about the odds, She emphasized that the government needs to make SNAP stronger, not weaker.
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Criticizing the government’s move, she said it won’t take the US forward instead it will make America weaker.
According to AP report, the food stamp cuts are several times larger than those attempted by House Republicans. The White House, however, has hailed the decision. President Trump was aiming to balance the federal budget in a decade with substantial cuts to safety-net programmes, combined with a tax overhaul to speed up the economy and achieve an ambitious growth rate of three per cent, it said, as per PTI report.
President Trump said that the US needs a government that spends on the right things – ‘the safety, security, and well-being of our people’ – and stops the waste and abuse of taxpayer funds, whether in America or in global projects overseas – of which, perhaps, there are too many.