President Orders Review of Welfare Programs, Including SNAP

On April 10, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Agriculture (USDA) to review all federal welfare programs, with the purpose of getting more people out of these programs and into the workforce. While the order does not yet set any new policy, it does reflect long held conservative priorities to dramatically change federal welfare programs and could indicate future policy goals. The programs targeted include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, rent subsidies and other social welfare programs. The order gives departments 90 days to submit a report to the White House with recommendations designed to get more people off the rolls.

CDA opposes efforts to decrease SNAP funding, as well as any restrictions on SNAP choice that would limit consumer choice or limit the type of retailers who can accept SNAP. Full funding of SNAP and preserving SNAP choice will be on our list of advocacy priorities for our upcoming Day on the Hill.