Nunnelee noted that there were proposals to cut farm subsidies, but asked whether there were no proposed cuts to food stamps, the agency’s largest program.
Vilsack replied that the cuts would come from improving the accuracy rate, reducing fraud and from the reduction in the number of beneficiaries as unemployment goes down.
President Barack Obama, Vilsack said, “has been clear that we have to have a delicate balance” between budget balancing and not damaging the economy. Middle class and low-income people “have already paid a fairly high price” during the recession through loss of homes, he said.
“You’ve got a tough job,” Nunnelee told Vilsack. “We want you to save money. We just don’t want you to save money at home.”