President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget would slash more than $300 billion from food stamp programs by 2021, a reduction the administration says is necessary to fight hunger and combat obesity.
The proposed cuts, announced in the White House’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal, would slash food stamps by $3.1 billion in 2021, $3 billion in 2022, and $1.6 billion in 2024.
The cuts are projected to save $200 billion over the next decade, the White Houses budget office said.
Trump’s budget would also eliminate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides nutrition assistance to low-income people and their families.
The proposal also calls for eliminating the Supplemental Medical Insurance Program (SMI), which helps pay for hospital stays and other health care costs for Americans with disabilities.
The White House also called for a cut in funding for the Supplemental Security Income program, which provides financial assistance to lower-income Americans who can’t work due to poverty or other conditions.
The president’s proposal comes after the Department of Agriculture proposed cutting SNAP and the Supplemental Food Assistance Program by more than 40% over the past decade.
Trump, who has repeatedly promised to slash the food stamp program, has not yet outlined the details of his proposed budget, but the administration has said that the plan would result in a “huge reduction” in SNAP spending.
The Trump administration has also proposed eliminating the federal Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which is intended to provide food assistance to pregnant women and their children.
Trump also called on Congress to approve a new supplemental food stamp benefit, called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for Older Americans, or SNAP O. The O.P.A. is the federal program that provides SNAP benefits to older Americans.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the government for providing insufficient benefits for seniors.
The administration is expected to announce a new Supplemental Nutrition Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNap) program in the coming days.
The plan would not address the problem of the elderly getting too little food to live on.
The U.S. government currently has about 1.2 billion SNAP benefits, with more than 1.5 million of those benefits being provided to individuals aged 65 and older.
The current SNAP benefit is $1,400 a month.
According to a report from the Pew Research Center released in June, about two-thirds of SNAP benefits go to people who are working and the other third goes to people whose jobs are in the food processing sector.