Trump Budget Cuts Food Stamps, Medicaid

Loyal supporters among those most hurt.


President Donald Trump’s budget leaves his loyal voters hungry for more — literally.

“A New Foundation for American Greatness” proposes a $4.6 million cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps, for fiscal year 2018. The cut will reach its peak in 2026 at $26.1 million.

The Department of Defense will see a $639 billion budget — an increase of $52 billion, or 10.1 percent.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Fact Sheet released in April 2016, the United States spends significantly more than any other nation on military expenditures. In 2015 the U.S. spent $596 billion. This is more than the next seven nations — China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Kingdom, India, France and Japan — combined.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Trump’s so-called budget for the taxpayer neglects those who helped put him into office. Of the 10 states that rely most on food stamps, seven of them voted for Trump: Louisiana, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

The budget also proposes a 20.5 percent decrease in funding for the Department of Agriculture — one of the largest cuts by percentage for any other agency.

“The president is essentially abandoning many people the economy has left behind — a large number of whom voted for him — and is pursuing policies that would make their lives more difficult than they already are,” said Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Trump’s rural supporters already share a large concern about their economic future, with 69 percent saying that “jobs in their community are hard to find,” according to Pew Research Center. And 1 in 3 people in rural areas already report living paycheck to paycheck. According to exit polls, the president’s victory can largely be attributed to rural America, 61 percent of which voted for Trump.

A variety of programs aimed at safety for farmers and that serve as financial security nets for farm workers are being cut.

Crop insurance eligibility would be limited to $500,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Crop insurance is what protects farmers when they lose their crops to natural disasters or when they lose money the prices of their products decrease. The budget also eliminates the Harvest Price Option (HPO), which, if farmers opt in, guarantees farmers receive the highest price for their crop, whether it is the price at harvest or the projected price at the beginning of the season.

The National Farmworker Jobs Program will also no longer exist. The program’s goal is to combat the chronic unemployment and underemployment faced by those in the agricultural industry.

Also eliminated is the Rural Economic Development Program. This program provides no interest loans in rural areas that can be used to establish projects in order to create and retain employment.

The budget also eliminates the Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans program, a program that helps low- and very-low-income people obtain housing in rural areas.

The proposed cuts “will leave rural and urban farmers, low-income families, and taxpayers more vulnerable,” Mike Lavender, senior Washington representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists, told ThinkProgress.

And agricultural research programs would face steep cuts as well.

“The budget would slash funding for key agricultural research and conservation programs, undermining the ability of farmers to sustain their land and their livelihoods for the future,” Lavender also said.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is also seeing significant cuts, as predicted, with a 13.2 percent decrease in budget. This includes eliminating entirely the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Small Cities CDBG falls under this program and is specifically designed to help low- and moderate-income members of rural communities obtain “decent housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities.”

Choice Neighborhoods, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program and the Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program Account are all being eliminated.

Additionally, the budget proposes cuts of over $600 billion to Medicaid over the course of a decade — in addition to, it seems, the over $800 billion cut proposed by the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The budget turns the program into a block grant or per capita program, which will inevitably decrease or even eliminate benefits for some recipients. About 74.6 million Americans receive Medicaid or are recipients of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“This budget will devastate Pennsylvanians living in rural communities by decimating Medicaid and cutting vital economic development programs,” said Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania — another state that voted for Trump.

Social Security is also seeing cuts to its disability program.

“Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it,” Trump had said previously.

But the disabilities portion apparently doesn’t count.

“If you ask 990 people out of a thousand, they’d tell you Social Security disability is not part of Social Security,” according to Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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  • Every time I see one of these stories I wonder if I’m supposed to feel sorry for these people. I honestly don’t. I feel sorry for the ones that didn’t vote for him and are caught up in the madness. But for every person that wrote down his name, I just shrug. Because he TOLD them who he was. He was proven to be a liar, and they ignored it.

    • It’s not an “us vs. them” situation. All of our medical expenses will continue their out-of-control upward spiral as millions more lose their health insurance. All of us will suffer from the higher food prices caused by these drastic cuts to food stamps and agricultural programs. All of us will suffer from the resulting negative hits to our still-recovering economy. All of us will see income inequality worsen, instead of being reversed. All of us will suffer when elderly nursing home residents on Medicaid lose their coverage and are thrown out on the street. I could go on and on, but won’t, because it’s sickening. Deconstructing the so-called “Administrative State” — i.e., our various Executive Branch agencies — and destroying the social safety net that’s been constructed since the Great Depression will not Make America Great Again, but, conversely, are giant steps in the wrong direction.

      • Oh, it will Make America Great Again for Goldman Sachs, oil companies, real estate robber barons**, for profit prison companies, neo Nazis, white supremacists, Murdoch, billionaires and mercenaries – the buccaneers represented in Trump’s cabinet.

        It will MAGA for morticians too as the uneducated poor fools who voted for him die off from losing healthcare and food stamps.


  • Romee Trofort

    I love America. Only in America can people see the income disparities and the way they are treated because they are poor thenturn around and vote for the very person our party that doesn’t care about poor people. Wake up it’s no longer about race. It’s about money. Besides…Russia rigged the election

  • If this budget would be detrimental to Trump voters, then why wouldn’t the democrats support this budget so they can further blame Trump?

  • Charity Dell


  • As I have said, the majority of the hardcore Trump supporters have been totally brainwashed. They believe that the fat cats that are running our country now will recognize them and take care of them. I agree with Trish in that I find it hard to sympathize with them, but I understand that for those of us who did not vote for him, we will be hit also. So unfair. Maybe we can hang on for 3 more years until this fiasco is over.

  • So, I’m just going to ask: How much should the Federal government spend on food stamps?

    The SNAP budget has been growing exponentially.
    I just looked up some numbers.
    2000 SNAP budget = $15B
    2015 SNAP budget = $70B

    That’s some pretty crazy growth.

    What is the Federal governments responsibility when it comes to feeding people, and where does a person’s personal responsibility kick in? How did people survive when the SNAP budget was much smaller?

    So……. how much SNAP budget is enough?

    • The budget for nuclear weapons went from $16 billion in 2010 to $24 billion in 2017. The total numbers are obscured in budget details that are impossible to separate from other military programs. The total estimate is $50 billion and growing rapidly due to modernization programs for weapons and a new bomber being planned.

      44,219,000 people receive SNAP benefits averaging $125 per person per month. We haven’t used a nuclear weapon in 72 years. I don’t begrudge human failure enough to want people to go hungry.

      If we are forced to make a choice, I’d say we just give up on nuclear weapons and use the money on food.

      How do people learn their way off of SNAP? Well, we spend more annually on nuclear weapons than tertiary education.

      • As usual, you provide an excellent reply.

        I have to agree with you that I’d rather spend the money on feeding people than on more nuclear weapons.

        you win…….. damn it.

        • We have the same goal- everyone who can deserves the right to work. Is in our society’s best interest to facilitate that happening. We are not doing a good job.

    • I do understand what you mean when people won’t work, however when people are under employed and someone in the family has a chronic illness that is no fault of their own. The bills stack up and when people are living hand to mouth, life becomes difficult.
      I say when a person works, have them submit paperwork and then make a fair budget according to their labor. If a person is laid off and actually looking for work, then have them hand in paperwork and give them a fair budget. If a person is not working or looking for work, then suspend their SNAP until they get their head in the game.

  • I guess people should learn from this mistake and never make it again. Under takers get ready for a very busy four years. I hope that there is still land left in cemeteries for graves.

  • This will aggravate the food insecurity issue further. Many emergency food programs like food pantries and soup kitchens will see a larger demand on its strained system. More guests will be visiting these places which will result in rationing food for visitors of pantries and soup kitchens. The guests will include more women and children.(These children once were eligible for free and/or discounted lunches) The government needs to get real. Each representative needs to visit a soup kitchen and talk to the guests(constituents) and find that these guests are working(many part-time), have no health insurance or weak health insurance, having more bills than income, etc. So congressional representatives and Senators go out to the food programs and meet your constituents!

  • Cut everything, everywhere. Obama called his spending unsustainable, if I remember correctly, and Trump’s probably looking to spend more, in raw (real) numbers. Cut everything.

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