Stand up for SNAP and safety net programs in the federal budget

This week Trump’s federal budget was released, proposing dramatic cuts to vital food assistance programs like SNAP, School Means, WIC, Summer Meals, Childcare Meals, After School Meals, TEFAP and CSFP.  But the cuts also attack other critical safety net programs. According to Jim Weill, Food Research and Action President:

“The SNAP cuts are proposed alongside other brutal cuts: the budget proposes $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid; $21 billion to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program; and a $40 billion reduction to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Shredding these programs, which, along with SNAP and the child nutrition programs, serve as the primary components of our nation’s safety net, will have a devastating domino effect on the food security, health, learning, and productivity of Americans in rural, suburban, and urban areas alike.”

This 30 second video from FRAC explains it well:

It’s time to call our Members of Congress and as them to #SaveTheSafetyNet.


  • Call on our two U.S. Senators and your one U.S. Representative to defend SNAP and federal safety net programs like Medicaid. Be sure to tell them that the President’s budget attacks low income people from virtually every direction and will greatly increase poverty, hunger, and ill health. These budget cuts are an unprecedented 25% reduction –the largest in a generation — and will hurt the most vulnerable in our community, including children, seniors and those with disabilities.

  • Sign this MomsRising petition to Congress to protect moms, kids, families and our economy in the national budget. Listed on our Petitions, Petitions! page, which we update with great petitions on a variety of issues daily.
  • Tweet a message to your MoCs asking them to #SaveTheSafetyNet. Use hashtag #SaveTheSafetyNet and tag your MoCs: @senorrinhatch, @SenMikeLee, @RepRobBisop, @RepChrisStewart, @JasonintheHouse, @miablove
    • You can tweet out the Instagram video above using this link:
    • Or tweet out FRAC’s #SaveTheSafetyNet infographic –>
    • Or retweet Action Utah’s tweets:

#SaveTheSafetyNet to protect millions of low income people. @senorrinhatch @SenMikeLee #Budget2018 [Retweet]

Calling on @senorrinhatch and @SenMikeLee to #SaveTheSafetyNet for women, children and families. #Budget2018 [Retweet]

MoC Contact Info

Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop
 (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (UT)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Check here.

Budget Specifics – 4 ways Trump’s budget cuts to SNAP will hurt Utah

  1. SNAP cuts: $193 billion over ten years
    • Some cuts expected to be picked up in June House budget resolution
    • States are allowed to cut benefits, cap benefits for households over 6 people
    • Rolling back of waivers for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (which allows states to waive work requirements for this population when unemployment is high; for example in San Juan  County)
  2. Cost-shift proposal
    • States would pay 20% of costs of SNAP program — large amount of federal cuts will come from this shift of costs to the states. For Utah that would be $60 million!!!!
    • Phased in 10% in 2020 up to 25% in 2023
    • States are allowed to reduce benefits to meet 20%
    • “Back Door Block Grant”
      • Will cause budget problems for states to pay for SNAP and Medicaid
      • Incentive to states to cut eligibility and benefits
      • Will hurt SNAP’s responsiveness in next recession
  3. Work Proposal
    • Reduces the amount of time that unemployed and underemployed adults have to find work before they lose benefits
  4. Fees on retailers
    • Fee to apply to be an authorized SNAP retailer


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