Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Nine U.S. lawmakers who were once on food stamps ask Trump not to shrink program
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A handful of U.S. lawmakers have a unique argument for asking President Donald Trump not to slash the food stamp program - they themselves once relied on it.
The Republican president last week proposed $15 billion in cuts to the $71 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps, as part of his $4.8 trillion budget plan.
Trump argues that many Americans receiving food stamps do not need them, given the strong economy and low unemployment. His administration already has tightened eligibility guidelines for the food assistance program.
In their letter to Trump, nine Democratic lawmakers said they had each participated in the program “during times of financial struggle for our families.”
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