Republicans Eye Cuts To Medicaid, Food Stamps

Feb 14, 2018
Originally published on February 14, 2018 3:54 pm

President Trump and Republicans in the House of Representatives are looking to cut social safety net programs for the poor, including Medicaid and food stamps. The plan could involve work requirements for food stamps and funding cuts.

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Guests:

Liz Goodwin, political reporter in the Boston Globe’s Washington, D.C. bureau. (@lizcgoodwin)

Tarren Bragdon, president and CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Rebecca Vallas, vice president for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. (@rebeccavallas)

Marco Liu, director of advocacy and outreach at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

From The Reading List:

Boston Globe: Trump And House GOP Push For Stricter Work Requirements For Welfare — “Republicans, flying high after big victories on tax cuts and military spending increases, are turning their sights to shrinking the nation’s safety net, targeting food stamps, Medicaid, and other social service programs for poor Americans.”

$4.4 trillion. That’s what President Trump wants to spend this year. Lots going to the military. But Medicaid. Federal housing subsidies. Health insurance. Food stamps. Slashed by billions of dollars. Ripping massive holes in America’s safety net for the poor. Requiring work for benefits. Replacing food stamps with a box of processed food. This hour, On Point: President Trump, Congress and slashing social welfare. —Jane Clayson

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