The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) safeguards families from food insecurity, ensuring that millions of families, including nearly 20 million children, do not go hungry in America each year. The program successfully responds to economic changes, with participation and expenditures rising during times of economic crisis, before falling during the ensuing recovery. In fact, the number of people on SNAP is on the decline, dropping from a high of over 47 million in 2013 to 44 million persons today.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) protected 44 million Americans in 2016 from food insecurity and hunger. Critics of the program who are demanding significant changes and drastic cuts often ignore the makeup of the SNAP population, the economic conditions people face, and the reality that SNAP successfully encourages work.
Under their repeatedly disproven “supply side” theory, Republicans claim tax cuts for the wealthy will spur so much new economic activity that the new revenues generated will offset most or all of the direct revenue loss caused by the tax cuts. There is no evidence to support this.
The Democratic alternative budget resolution for 2018 stabilizes our fiscal outlook and provides critical investments needed to build a stronger future. This is a stark contrast to a Republican extreme budget that makes deep cuts in programs that are vital to millions of American families to shift more resources to the wealthy.
The Republican 2018 budget resolution vividly shows that Congressional Republicans, just like President Trump, are not working on behalf of everyday Americans.
The President’s budget for 2018 clearly shows the Administration is not working on behalf of everyday Americans. It presents a long list of broken promises to the American people, united by one theme: taking away hope and opportunity from millions of families while showering millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations with unnecessary tax cuts.
One of the largest parts of the federal budget – the trillions of dollars the government puts toward tax expenditures – is rarely discussed, lacks transparency, and often benefits the wealthy and well-connected above everyone else.
Means-tested entitlement1 programs are the core of our nation’s social safety net. They deliver vital assistance that protects millions of Americans from entering poverty, while providing ongoing safety and stability for individuals and families facing poverty every single day.
After seven years railing against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congressional Republicans have finally produced a so-called “replacement” plan that is actually not a health care bill at all.
The President’s preliminary budget cannot really even be called a budget, as it leaves out more information than it contains. But it can be called cold-hearted and irresponsible, as it severely reduces services and programs that are vital to American families.