A New White House Plan Would Restructure the Federal Government - Pacific Standard

A New White House Plan Would Restructure the Federal Government

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A new reorganization plan laid out by the White House on Thursday would dramatically change the structure of the federal government, the Hill reports.

One of the more striking pieces of the plan is a proposal to move the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps) from the Department of Agriculture into the Department of Health and Human Services—which would be retitled the Department of Health and Public Welfare. SNAP would then, along with Medicaid and other programs, be run by a new Council on Public Assistance.

Other proposals within the plan include merging the Departments of Labor and Education, and privatizing the United States Postal Service.

The restructuring plan is likely to face serious opposition in Congress. "Democrats and Republicans in Congress have rejected President [Donald] Trump's proposals to drastically gut investments in education, health care, and workers," Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) told the Hill, "and he should expect the same result for this latest attempt to make government work worse for the people it serves."

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