Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s debt ceiling plan includes cutting food assistance (SNAP) benefits for millions of Americans, but Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) says that won’t happen.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s new debt ceiling renegotiation proposal to be unveiled Monday morning includes sweeping moves to limit food aid for millions of low-income Americans. His GOP colleagues in the Senate did not expect any of these measures to survive.
McCarthy’s initial list also calls for expanding the age bracket for people who must meet work requirements to participate in the Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as Republicans close what they say are “loopholes” in the current restrictions, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions.
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Senator Fetterman will chair a subcommittee hearing in the Senate on Wednesday and responded in just two sentences in a statement to PoliticusUSA, “Cut SNAP for families and kids while pushing tax cuts for billionaires? Not on my watch.”
Democrats aren’t the only ones opposed to McCarthy’s plan. Senate Republicans are also not interested in cutting food assistance for low-income people as part of the debt ceiling package.
Both Chuck Schumer and the White House have said they will not negotiate budget cuts as part of the debt ceiling. Kevin McCarthy currently says he has 218 votes to pass the debt ceiling bill, but there is considerable skepticism about the Speaker’s claim.
Senate Democrats have made it clear that McCarthy’s plan to cut SNAP Like the future Speaker of the House. He was dead on arrival.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a member of the White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform activities.
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