In 2015, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would reduce federal food stamp benefits by $1.9 trillion over the next 10 years.
But food stamp enrollment has continued to surge since then, and the Trump administration has announced a plan to eliminate SNAP entirely.
The CBO’s latest projections suggest that the elimination of SNAP would lead to an additional $2.6 trillion in additional federal spending over 10 years, a significant increase from the $1 trillion savings estimated by the Trump Administration.
In addition, the CBO found that a $1,000 increase in food stamp payments for a family of four would reduce the annual income of the recipient by $5,788 in 2025.
That would mean the total amount of SNAP benefits that the federal government would be required to pay out over the 10 years would actually increase by $3,955, according to the CBO.
In a statement, SNAP director Robert Greenstein called the latest CBO projections “outrageous,” noting that they were based on assumptions that the Trump plan would not be enacted, adding that the administration has already cut $6 billion from SNAP.
SNAP enrollment has increased for the first time since the beginning of the SNAP recession in 2018, and Trump administration officials have repeatedly stated that the cuts are needed to offset the increased costs of the ACA, which have made it more difficult for many people to afford the benefits they currently receive.
In April, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would stop allowing SNAP beneficiaries to switch to the new, more expensive option, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP-E.
The decision followed an increase in enrollment in the program in 2017, which was the first year since 2009 that SNAP enrollment had exceeded 100 million people.
The HHS statement noted that the USDA’s National Center for Health Statistics estimates that SNAP-e enrollment was up 5.4 percent in May 2018 compared to the same month in 2017.
In 2018, the average SNAP benefit was $5.11.
In 2020, the amount increased to $6.11 per meal, according a Department of Agriculture (USDA) study.
The report also found that the average weekly SNAP benefit increased by 1.5 percent between April and June 2018, compared to an average increase of 1.3 percent in March.
As a result, the USDA has decided to allow SNAP-users to switch their benefits to the USDA-run program.
The USDA also announced last month that it will start allowing SNAP-only beneficiaries to make payments to the federal Food and Nutrition Service, or FNS, beginning in 2019.
The FNS is the government agency responsible for administering SNAP.
The changes, which are expected to save the federal budget $7 billion by 2021, are intended to make it easier for the FNS to provide SNAP benefits to low-income people.
As of October 31, 2018, a record 9,890,000 people were eligible to receive SNAP benefits through the USDA, according the USDA.
SNAP is one of the most popular programs in the US.
It is used by more than one in five Americans and is a major source of revenue for the federal food assistance program, which pays for food, clothing, housing, medical care, and other essential services to poor and working families.
It also helps offset the costs of ACA-funded healthcare and education for low- and moderate-income Americans.