Our first set of excerpts from Robert Greenstein's House Budget Committee testimony of this week looked at the safety net as a whole. Today's excerpts concern the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps:
[T]he proposal in the House budget to convert SNAP to a block grant and cut it at least $133.5 billion over ten years . . . is a source of great concern.
Testifying today before a House Budget Committee hearing, "Strengthening the Safety Net," Robert Greenstein urged policymakers to "step back from the usual type of Washington debates and political battles and consider what policies would be best for 'the least among us.' I urge you to follow the Hippocratic oath and 'do no harm.' I also implore you to adopt the Bowles-Simpson principle of protecting the disadvantaged and avoiding measures that would