The GOP would like to eliminate food stamps entirely. The primary reason we need them is because of the pro-corporatist policies of the GOP - which lead to bottom-line thinking, profits over all, a minimum wage that is not enough to live on, and poverty for the labor force.
Continue after the froofry orange French thing...
So what's happening now is more and more and more people actually need food stamps literally, just to survive, and take care of their families. The same could be said for medical care. For most people, this is through no fault of their own.
The end result of this is... there will be a breaking point, where so many people are in so much need, that they will vote out the Republicans, and we can get back to helping people in need, and "welfare" will no longer be a dirty word.
OR... those same people in need will simply die of starvation and disease before they can vote. In which case the GOP and their corporate masters will have won the battle and the war.
That's what they are hoping for, and gambling on. It could go either way. That's why they have become unhinged, trying to make sure they win. At all costs.