Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s latest budget blueprint is out, and it again calls for eviscerating nearly every program that helps families afford the basics, including cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— shrinking the program by one-third. While the president’s budget is unlikely to become law as is, because it requires approval from Congress, Trump is using another mechanism to take food away from hungry Americans by fiat.
Last month, President Trump released a proposed rule that would dramatically scale back eligibility for SNAP by curtailing states’ flexibility to help jobless or underemployed workers in hard-hit regions. By the administration’s own estimate, the rule would take food assistance away from some 755,000 Americans. While the impact of Trump’s proposed rule would be dire for SNAP recipients, a