Trump, White House planning to reorganize HHS

Several government organizations to be impacted in proposed move

Last week, the Trump administration unveiled a multi-tiered plan to rearrange several federal government programs, specifically in terms of the agencies that would control certain initiatives.

The plan touches a wide range of agencies, but one of its main proposals is to move the food stamp program, officially known as SNAP, from the Department of Agriculture into the Department of Health and Human Services. This would result in the renaming of said department to the Department of Health and Public Welfare.

A new Council on Public Assistance would oversee programs gathered in one place, including food stamps and Medicaid, and have the power to impose uniform work requirements in those programs, a move strongly opposed by Democrats.

“Businesses change all the time,” said White House Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, “but government doesn’t, and one of the things you get when you hire a businessman to become president is you bring this attitude from the private sector.”

Many experts believe the plan faces long odds in Congress, with top Democrats such as Washington’s Patty Murray already rejecting the idea.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress have rejected President Trump’s proposals to drastically gut investments in education, health care, and workers. He should expect the same result for this latest attempt to make government work worse for the people it serves,” she added.

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