For those cuts in food stamps, “there’s no precedent”

‘No Precedent’ For Proposed Cuts To Food Stamp Benefits
Arthur Delaney | HuffPost Reporting

To help prevent a pair of domestic spending bills from adding to the national budget deficit, Democratic leaders in the Senate have proposed cuts to future food stamp funding, saving $14.1 billion over 10 years.

Several Democrats have said they’ll prevent the cuts — which will phase out a stimulus bill provision that increased families’ monthly food stamp payments — from ever taking effect. So are the planned cuts nothing more than an accounting gimmick to win “yes” votes from deficit hawks, or are they a serious threat to families who rely on the money to feed their children?

“I do believe [the Democrats] are sincere in not wanting these cuts to go into effect, but I’m concerned that, when the time comes, they won’t be able to find a way to put the money back,” said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy. “There’s no precedent for this.”

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