Thursday, December 5, 2019

Trump Administration Cuts Food Stamps to Almost 700,000 Adults

By Levi Rickert - December 05, 2019 at 12:33AM

Published December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Wednesday it will eliminate benefits for 688,000 adults who currently participate in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP.

The announcement comes three weeks before Christmas. The new rule will make it more difficult for states to waive requirements that adults with no disabilities must work at least 20 hours per week or else be eliminatd from SNAP.

“We need to encourage people by giving them a helping hand, but not allowing it to become an infinitely giving hand,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a press release. “Now, in the midst of the strongest economy in a generation, we need everyone who can work, to work.”

Anti-hunger organization leaders fear the new rule will hurt low-income individuals who cannot find steay work. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) worries the new rule will negatively impact seasonal workers in northern Michigan who have a difficult time finding employment during the off-season.

The USDA says these steps will save nearly $5 billion over five years.

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