The U.S. Senate cut that much from SNAP, the federal food stamp program, to offset the cost of sending New York and other cash-starved states more education and Medicaid funding. The swap, however, means that jobs for teachers and health care come at the expense of 40 million low-income people. Almost half of all SNAP users are children; one in 10 is older than 60. Before the cut, the SNAP benefits averaged less that $4.50 a day.

There was nothing else in the entire federal budget that could be cut except money for the poor to buy food?