In another striking move, President Trump has moved to take on welfare reform within his most recent budget proposal. As part of his proposed budget, the president suggests food stamps should be partially replaced by actual food.
Revealed on Monday, the new proposal may not be as fiscally conservative as some Republicans may like, but it does cut back on government waste in some areas. Economic benefit and state assistance is one issue the president feels he can address.
Opponents of the president are accusing him of class warfare. By taking aim at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the president is looking to reform how food stamps fundamentally work.
Cutting the federal benefits by 25%, recipients of the program would still be receiving the same amount of food.
The current program provides 42 million Americans money to buy food. For $125 per person, the system rewards individuals for having larger families instead of seeking more work.
Families on welfare are currently capable of buying most things from inside a convenience store or a supermarket. Using an easy swipe electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, piles of junk food can be consumed by families living below the poverty line.
The new budget proposal hopes to offer a healthier, more convenient system safety net. For families receiving more than $90 in food aid, food would be delivered to them instead of the traditional food stamps.
Packets of preserved milk, cereal, vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, peanut butter, meat, poultry, beans, and fish will be shipped to families rather than having the individuals go shop for food.
By using the USDA food packages, the federal government will no longer be complicit in the obesity epidemic that plagues the youth of America. The quality of food attainable by lower income households generally tends to be lower quality and less healthy.
The new proposal has been likened to the Blue Apron app which delivers food via a smartphone. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney suggested the direct delivery of food will be more beneficial than receiving cash assistance.
Not wasting time and money to travel to the market, the families would be receiving more food than they would previously be able to purchase. Ending some of the corruption and fraud associated with the program, the president and his administration are looking to improve the lives of every American.
The SNAP program is up for re-authorization by Congress this year. The reform proposal looks to merge the food stamps initiative with the existing Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
The supplemental food program is designed to deliver boxes of food to poverty-stricken senior citizens over the age of 60. Both programs are administered by the House Agriculture Committee.
By merging several programs, the White House is on course to reduce government bureaucracy without reducing benefits.
The new approach will save the taxpayers money and support American agriculture. Continuing to spur on the economy and boost jobs for rural America, the proposal also looks to promote a healthier eating habit.
Being able to make sure a full range of nutrients and vitamins are being delivered, the federal government will grant individual states greater authority over which foods will be accessible with the new program.
Department of Agriculture (DOA) Secretary Sonny Perdue has nicknamed the initiative, America’s Harvest Box. Calling the plan groundbreaking and courageous, the secretary seemed eager to promote the effort to provide nutritious food to the people who need it.
The new plan would be comprised entirely of food harvested within the United States. The welfare reform is another way President Trump is putting America first.
The budget proposal also includes a change to work requirements to the current recipients of the SNAP program. Setting a more sustainable goal, the program will ask for a stronger work ethic from non-disabled beneficiaries.
If Congress were to accept the president’s proposal, the revolutionary welfare reform could save on government spending by at least $213 billion over the next 10 years. The estimate does not include the economic boon from the expanded agriculture industry.
President Trump is able to achieve the impossible. Reducing the size of the federal government, he can cut back on fraud and waste.
Without immediately removing anyone from welfare, the president was able to more readily deliver nutritious and healthy food to low-income homes.