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CBPP says ‘harsh’ Cantor proposal would remove millions from food stamps

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities today issued an analysis of the proposal by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over 10 years.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, would cost $760 billion without the proposed cuts.

The Hagstrom Report obtained and published a copy of the proposal last week, after Cantor Cantor sent his proposal to Republican House members. (See links)

The CBPP called the proposal “harsh” and said it would cut 4 million to 6 million people from the program.

According to the center, the people affected would include the following:

  • 2 million to 4 million poor, unemployed, childless adults who live in areas of high unemployment — a group that has average income of 22 percent of the poverty line (about $2,500 a year for a single individual) and for whom SNAP is, in most cases, the only government assistance they receive;
  • 1.8 million people, mostly low-income working families and low-income seniors, who have gross incomes or assets modestly above the federal SNAP limits but whose disposable income — the income that a family has available to spend on food and other needs — is below the poverty line in most cases, often because of high rent or child care costs. Some 210,000 children in these families also would lose free school meals;
  • Other poor, unemployed parents who want to work but cannot find a job or an opening in a training program — along with their children, other than infants.