Washington, D.C. – The federal government, in a surprising and bold move, announced that they have cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, by more than 80%. SNAP benefits cost $74.1 billion in fiscal year 2014 and supplied roughly 46.5 million Americans. From now on, the only people who can qualify for SNAP are those people over the age of 65 who can’t work and anyone who is legally disabled. Furthermore, anyone who does qualify must pass a drug test and also be a non smoker.
We reached out to people from both sides of the debate to see what their views on this are. Sarah Calico, age 25, of Columbus, Ohio had the following to say; “This is an outrage. How do they expect me to feed my baby’s? I have four kids at home and I can’t leave them to get a job. I rely on the food stamps to support us.”
President Obama released the following statement; “This cut to SNAP will save us billions of dollars every year. More and more Americans have become over reliant on our government’s benefits. Instead of sitting around and being lazy, get up and get a job. Too many people on SNAP can still afford to buy cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, and lottery tickets so this money can be used to buy your food instead. To those irresponsible parents out there, you should not have children until you know you can afford to raise them properly on your own. Government benefits are available for those who actually need them.” A bold statement made by the President for sure.