Federal Gov’t Spends More on Food Stamps in One Month Than Trump is Asking for the Wall


Democrats claim that Trump wants to spend too much on his border wall plan, but for a little context, the federal government spends more on food stamps in one month than Trump wants for his whole wall.

According to numbers published by CNSNews, the federal government has spent $5.8 billion on food stamps in October alone.

As CNSNews reported:

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In October, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement, the federal government spent $5,892,000,000 on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is also known as the food stamp program.

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In November, according to the statement for that month, the federal government spent another $5,428,000,000 on the food stamp program, bringing the total so far for fiscal 2019 (after only two months) to $11,320,000,000—or an average of $5,660,000,000 per month.

Government numbers show that $68,493,000,000 was spent on SNAP in 2018.

So how much was in the current budget plan for Trump’s boarder wall funding?

By contrast, the continuing resolution passed yesterday by the House of Representatives, which includes the money Trump wants for the wall, provides $5,710,357,000 for that purpose.

That is $181,643,000 less than the federal government spent on the food stamp program in the month of October alone and about one twelfth (or 8.3 percent) of the amount the government spent on the food stamp program for all of fiscal 2018.

But the Democrats have called this spending “exorbitant.”

“[T]he president held out for $5 billion for his wall, at the exorbitant cost of $31 million per mile, straight from the American taxpayer’s pocket,” Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D, NY) said last week.

Once again it appears that Democrats don’t know the definition of words.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston

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