The idea of food stamps and the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has gained a new life as the Republican-controlled House is set to take up a measure on the House floor to eliminate them.
Food stamp recipients are already able to buy food from retailers.
But in the last two years, the number of SNAP recipients has more than doubled.
Last year, SNAP recipients were expected to buy 1.2 million fewer items than in 2016, according to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
But the CBO report did not include SNAP recipients’ purchasing power, and it’s not clear how much of that reduction can be attributed to higher food prices.
The House is expected to take the SNAP proposal up in the coming days.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said that the bill would provide $1 billion to “help low-income families”.
But the SNAP bill, if passed, would not provide much assistance for people who have no income whatsoever.
SNAP benefits only cover food and rent for households with at least one person.
The bill does not provide any assistance for food for those on disability or living on a fixed income.
For SNAP, McMorras Rodgers said the government would provide “food, housing, and job training” for “food insecure families”.
“But, of course, SNAP does not pay for these things,” she added.
“So this bill, like many other SNAP bills, would cut food assistance to the very people who need it most.”
But a report by food advocacy group Oxfam found that “food insecurity is not the problem”.
It found that SNAP’s impact on the poorest families was minimal, at best, compared to other poverty-related costs, such as medical costs, housing and education.
The group said: “The most significant impact of SNAP on low-wage families is that it does not increase food security.
SNAP only provides a temporary, temporary benefit that is not sufficient to meet the basic needs of most families.”
In an op-ed piece for The Guardian, Cathy McRoberts said SNAP is “not the solution to food insecurity, but is the problem.””SNAP is not a solution to poverty, nor a cost-saving measure,” she wrote.
“It is, rather, a tool to give the government more power over our lives and to make us more dependent on government.”
The House could vote on the SNAP measure as early as next week.