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The White House is moving ahead with plans to end the so-called “food stamp” program in the United States.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the program, which has been in place for decades, should be replaced with a new federal program called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“The SNAP program is a great program,” Trump said.
“It is not a food stamp program.
It is not the same thing.
And I want to make sure that we do not do it the way that we did it.”
But as it stands, many states have opted to use a different program that requires a minimum monthly payment of $500 per person.
This means that if a state decided to stop paying its SNAP recipients, it would have to wait until 2018 to get back into the program.
Under the current SNAP program, states that don’t meet a minimum number of recipients and do not provide adequate support for SNAP recipients are required to either use a federal program known as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or to expand the program to cover everyone who is eligible.
SNAP benefits are currently capped at $2,000 per person per month.
Under Trump’s plan, states would no longer be required to pay their SNAP recipients even if they don’t have enough food to meet the state’s monthly food stamp requirement.
That means that states could start using the SNAP program to feed their poorest residents and, in turn, would end up subsidizing the poorest people in the country.
House.com article states that “under President Trump’s new SNAP program,” “states that are not paying SNAP will have to use TANF.”
“Under President Trump, states will be able to begin expanding the SNAP Program to cover the entire population of Americans.”
The WhiteHouse.gov article states: “States that are no longer paying SNAP and those that do not meet their SNAP enrollment requirements will be allowed to use the TANFS program to expand SNAP to everyone who currently qualifies for SNAP.”
This would mean that states would be able “to enroll people into SNAP in a way that they have never been able to before.”
But what exactly would happen to the poor and the destitute, the very people who are often the recipients of SNAP?
Trump said in the interview that “when we do SNAP expansion, we will start with the people that are in need and the people who have no other options.”
Trump added that the federal government would also provide assistance to the states and “we will give some help to states where people have been in food insecurity for a long time and where people are being pushed into the back of the line for food.”
Under the new SNAP rules, the government will be responsible for providing up to a $2.00 SNAP benefit per person for the first five months of the program in 2018, a total of $2 billion over 10 years.
States would also be able provide assistance for the poorest families up to $1,000 annually.
And in 2018 and 2019, the federal share of SNAP would be reduced by a total $400 million, a reduction of $300 million over 10.
The SNAP program provides $1.1 trillion in food assistance to low-income households in the U.S. The program has been under scrutiny since it was first established by Congress in 1996, and the White House announced that it would cut the number of SNAP recipients by about one-third to $7.9 billion.
In order to ensure that SNAP is not taken over by other programs, Trump has also said that he wants to eliminate the SNAP benefits that states receive from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Under the Trump administration, SNAP benefits would no be subject to WIC tax credits, which would allow states to get around the federal mandate.
Under current SNAP rules for the program states would not be eligible to receive the federal WIC benefits.
In addition, Trump would eliminate the $2-billion annual limit on SNAP benefits states have been receiving from the U-M program.
In other words, states could be able start cutting SNAP payments to people that they no longer have access to.
This would make the SNAP system less generous to the needy and could also reduce the amount of money available for food stamps.
Under his plan, SNAP would also end eligibility for food stamp assistance in 2020, 2019, and 2018.
States that are participating in SNAP would still be eligible for food assistance under the program and would be allowed a maximum of one additional month of food stamps per year.
The Trump.gov website states that the Trump Administration would “phase out SNAP in 2020 for all states that have already decided to phase out SNAP.”
“All states that opt to phase-out SNAP will be subject for one year to the new program, beginning January 1, 2021,” the WhiteHouse website states.
States are also permitted to apply for waivers from the new rules, which are intended to give states flexibility to implement new programs in the face of the SNAP