GOP Congressman Declines To Say Whether Every American Is Entitled To Eat ￼
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) refused to say whether “every American is entitled to eat” and the food stampsprogram is the best way to ensure that they have the food they need.
NPR's Scott Simon interviewed Smith on Saturday about the farm bill and President Donald Trump'sproposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. In the president's budget, the White House is seeking $193 billionin cuts to SNAP over 10 years, an amount equal to more than one-quarter of the program's cost over that period.
There is room for “very minor shifts” in SNAP that “make sure we do not harm the most vulnerable among us,” according to Smith. “Especially for people in need we do not want to leave our most vulnerable without nutrition,” he said. “Looking at that, we always want to keep that in mind.” But Simon pressed Smith on his views about the program's underlying philosophy. “Let me ask you this bluntly: Is every American entitled to eat?” he asked. “Well, nutrition obviously we know is very important and I would hope that we can look to ―” Smith began.