WASHINGTON, D.C. – Have you ever had a bright idea, only to find out later that it wasn’t so bright?! That’s sort of like what’s happening in Washington.
It started as a plan to fight obesity, especially in children. But in order to fight the war on obesity, the White House borrowed money from the war on hunger, you know, food stamps. But because they needed so much money to fight obesity, cuts are coming to those who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Starting November 1, federal food stamp benefits will be chopped by five billion dollars. According to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, the cuts impact 47 million Americans, including 22 million children and nine million elderly or seriously disabled people. That’s why some people want to see the food stamp benefits extended, not cut.
President Obama said he’d negotiate more funding with Congress, but if the past has taught us anything, something tells us that might take a while.