President Barack Obama’s “Food Stamp” plan would be the largest expansion of food stamps in the nation’s history.
The $3.4 trillion plan includes the expansion of SNAP benefits and expanded child nutrition assistance.
Obama says he wants to make sure people can stay out of poverty.
The plan would cost $400 billion over 10 years, with $300 billion coming from the federal government.
The administration estimates it will help more than 18 million households by 2021.
But the bill would increase the number of people who receive food stamps from nearly 19 million to nearly 36 million.
The bill is also projected to have a significant effect on food prices.
While the White House said it expects that people who currently receive food assistance would receive a refund in 2021, the number who currently qualify for food stamps would likely increase.
The White House has projected that the program will cost $1,600 per family per year to provide a one-time payment of $100 to households with incomes of $15,000 or less.
The proposal also provides $500 per child to families earning up to $2,000 a year, and $250 per household earning up or above $4,000.
Obama wants to expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides cash benefits to low-income households and families with children, and the Supplemental Housing Assistance Program, which provides subsidized housing to low income and minority households.
SNAP, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and housing subsidies were included in the legislation that passed in the House of Representatives in June.
The House also passed legislation to expand Medicaid coverage for people who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
The president says he would extend SNAP benefits for at least six months, with a one year extension for people with incomes up to 400% of poverty, and a two year extension at 400% or more.
SNAP recipients must be enrolled in work or a program that allows them to work to qualify for benefits.
The program is meant to provide economic security to those who need help to stay out from under the poverty line.
The Trump administration has threatened to end SNAP benefits if Congress does not expand them.