President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would cut food stamps by $5.1 billion, according to a report from the conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America.
The spending cuts would come after months of protests from Democrats and consumer groups.
The Heritage Action report notes that Trump’s spending plan includes a $2.9 billion reduction in food assistance, including food stamps.
The Trump administration has been under pressure to deliver on its promises of increasing food assistance for low-income Americans since it was first announced in May.
“If the President can’t get it done, the country will suffer,” said Heritage Action President Mark Krikorian in a statement.
The report also says the proposal would leave $8.6 billion in spending cuts across multiple programs that aid the elderly, disabled and needy.
“The elimination of food stamps will not only hurt the American economy, it will hurt families, which are the bedrock of the economy,” Heritage Action Executive Vice President Andrew Seidel said in a press release.
The Senate’s budget proposal also proposes eliminating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is currently funded by a payroll tax on employer payrolls.
The Supplemental Nutrition Income Program, also known as food stamps, was established in the 1990s as a way to help families buy necessities such as groceries, clothing and other household items.