Nearly 700,000 food stamp recipients could lose benefits under new Trump rule

Nearly 700,000 food stamp recipients could lose benefits under new Trump rule
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[Ed. – There’s gratitude for you. Barack Obama worked hard to make able-bodied Americans wards of the state, and Trump walks in and reverses that policy.]

The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for some food stamp recipients, a change that is expected to eliminate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for 688,000 adults.

The new rule makes it more difficult for states to waive a requirement that able-bodied adults without children work at least 20 hours a week or else lose their benefits. The administration says the change is intended to encourage those receiving SNAP to get jobs, but anti-hunger advocates worry it will hurt low-income individuals who can’t find steady work.

“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.”

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