Trump administration is moving to tighten rules on food stamp

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a new rule for non-disabled food stamp recipients on Thursday.
(Reuters/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Trump administration announced a plan Thursday to pull the requirements for the work, the claim of Americans to move of the Department of agriculture says food stamps — that is, nudge to those of the social assistance in the direction of self-sufficiency.

The USDA announced that the rule that applied is able-bodied adult without a dependent, limits the possibility for member States to exempt the recipient from the to keep a job, receive the benefits.

Currently working recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for 20 hours in the week or in training to receive benefits after their first three months in the program. But States can waive that if your unemployment rate is about 10 percent, or show a demonstrable lack of jobs. States may also grant extension of benefits for the 15 percent of work eligible adults without a waiver, and if you don’t use that waiver, you can bank the tax exemption for later.


The new rule allows only the exemptions for certain cities or districts, an unemployment rate of 7 percent or higher, and that the waiver is only eligible for one year. States can no longer be a bank, with the exception of granting waivers for geographic areas larger than a certain jurisdiction.


“Long-term dependence on state support was never part of the “American dream”,” agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, said in a statement. “We make services available to those who really need it, we also encouraged the participants to actively take steps in the direction of self-sufficiency. To move people to work, is common-sense policy, particularly at a time when the unemployment rate is at a generational low.”


In 2016, 3.8 million able-bodied adults without disability were to SNAP, with 2.8 million of them do not work, according to the USDA.

“The Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to their fellow citizens, if you Perdue said to encounter a difficult stretch,”. “That’s the commitment behind SNAP. But like the other Federal welfare programs, it was never intended to be, a way of life.”

The Trump administration had already taken a long time for the food-stamp-reform in the farm bill, which scrapped recently by the Congress — but the work rules, as part of a push to get it.

Democrats soon attacked the recent proposal, and the question of their legality.

“The Congress laws, and the administration is required, the rules of writing, on the basis of the law,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., according to The Washington Post. “Administrative changes should not be driven by ideology. I the unilateral and unjustified changes that would not support food away from the families.”

House agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, urged close SNAP work requirements in the house farm bill, praised the movement for “creating a roadmap for the States to engage in effective ABAWDs in this booming economy.”

Perdue said the rule is a compromise to Trump his signature on the $ 400 billion bill, and the administration would rather not have to get the reforms through regulation.

“We would adopt dear Congress, these important reforms to the SNAP program,” he said. “However, these regulatory changes from the USDA’s hard-working taxpayers will save $ 15 billion over 10 years and give President Trump comfort is enough to have a farm bill he might have otherwise rejected.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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