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The Trump administration is set to tighten requirements for millions of people who receive Federal food aid and crop, how much control States have in the granting of exceptions.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements would be years to save $15 billion over 10.
To move “people to work is common-sense policy, particularly at a time when the unemployment rate is at a generational low,” Perdue said in a statement.
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But the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposal has been chastised by Democrats and other Americans, including children to say more and more vulnerable, could go hungry, with more stringent restrictions.
The USDA allowed 60 days for public comments on the proposal.
Continue to read on for a look at what to change, the USDA hopes to and what the rules dictate currently.
Anyone familiar with the rule change, the target?
The USDA’s proposed rule change concerns, in particular, working-age adults who have no relatives – otherwise known as ABAWDs. Around 40 million people receive SNAP benefits on average. In the year 2016, ABAWDs, only 3.8 million was attributable to SNAP, according to USDA figures. Of these, 3.8 million, with nearly 2.8 million not working, the USDA said.
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The rule change does not apply to everyone, the elderly, the disabled or pregnant women.
What are the current requirements?
Those who must be seen as an ABAWD work at least 20 hours in the week to SNAP benefits. The work requirement can also be met by the state-approved “workfare” programs, or the SNAP employment and training.
ABAWDs only receive three months of SNAP benefits within a three-year period, if you meet the 20-hour work requirement. These restrictions can be lifted, in States where the unemployment rate right evidence missing at least 10 percent or, if there were enough jobs.
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Currently, the States are allowed to give to extensions for up to 15 percent of its work eligible adult population sans waiver. And if a state can’t do the 15 percent, it will hold the additional exemptions to distribute in a so-called “tailings”, which at a later date.
What the USDA would be to do a proposal?
The harp down on exemptions: the States would only be able to issue exemptions if a city or County with an unemployment rate of at least 7 percent, the proposal. A waiver would only support good for a year, and would of the Governor. In addition, it would prohibit States from granting waivers for geographic areas larger than a certain jurisdiction.
There is also the limitation of the duration of the exemption after only one year.
At the end of the banks-of exceptions: The USDA proposal would block States from banking the remaining 15 percent exemptions. It would also be a change in the USDA, the calculation for the adjustments to the number of exceptions per year.
Not the “farm bill” – these requirements?
The farm bill includes the SNAP program under the nutrition component of the massive legislation. Earlier this year, the legislature $pass 40 billion farm bill, reauthorized agriculture and conservation programs, while the SNAP program is virtually unaffected.
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The bill finally to the tense negotiations, adopted after months and months, as the house is trying to significantly tighten work requirements, the refused for SNAP benefits – with the Senate, to accept these provisions.
Perdue said that the USDA, the proposed rule changes are a compromise to trump the support of the farm bill.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.