House Democrats’ attempt to use the COVID-19 pandemic to secure bigger, more expansive federal welfare programs is hardly surprising. Democrats’ most recent bill shows how an inflated welfare system has long been a goal of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s caucus. Remember, back in March, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn called Congress’s response to the shutdowns and growing crisis a “tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” But when millions of unemployed workers are waiting to get their jobs back and resume their independent lives, increased pressure to become even more reliant on the food stamp program is a dead end, trapping people in dependency.
Now more than ever, we need to reinvigorate the spirit of a true safety net (there for those who need it, when they need it), or else, it will hold families and our country back from soaring again.
Pelosi’s latest edition calls for even more SNAP spending and program expansion. Already, Congress has allocated more than $85 billion to the food stamp program through appropriations and contingency funding. Congress has allowed every state to increase the number of enrollees receiving the maximum food stamp benefit without verifying any increased need in the enrollees’ households. Some families receive $1,000 a month, just in food stamp benefits, due to these emergency measures. For households that were already on the program, their monthly food stamp benefits have already increased by upwards of 77%.