Over 750,000 People May Lose Food Stamps Under Trump Administration Proposal

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More than 750,000 people would likely lose their food stamps this year under a new rule proposed by the Trump administration. 

The proposed rule aims to make more able-bodied adults work for government aid by placing limitations on a state’s ability to waive the current employment requirement for recipients.

According to NPR News, a public comment period that ended earlier this week brought in more 30,000 comments from people who were in opposition of the proposal.

The proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the formal name of the food stamps program, would reportedly affect able-bodied adults without dependents, also known ABAWDs. 

In 2016, almost four million people were reportedly receiving benefits under the program. Three million of those recipients were reportedly unemployed.

Last year, Congress struck down a work requirement similar to the Trump administration’s proposed rule. Democrats in Congress have threatened to take legal action against the administration if the rule takes effect later this year as intended.

 

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