A new rule has been proposed by President Trump’s appointees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — the agency that oversees SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. According to the administration’s own calculations, the rule could take food away from up to 755,000 of the most vulnerable low-income Americans, taking up to $15 billion worth of food out of their shopping carts over the next ten years.
The rule limits the ability of states with high levels of unemployment to qualify for waivers of certain rules mandating up to 20 hours of work activities per week for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) to receive SNAP benefits.
Tell the USDA you strongly oppose this rule! For starters, the Trump Administration is attempting to subvert the will of Congress, which recently reauthorized SNAP in the 2018 Farm Bill, rejecting such additional restrictions.
This newly proposed, harsh rule would deny food for people who are temporarily unemployed. Since 1996, every state except Delaware has used the waivers currently in place to halt time limits on SNAP. The current rules give states the flexibility needed to support residents during tough times, and this heartless rule would limit that flexibility. This rule would, ironically, force unemployed people to halt their job search to go to government offices to attest that they are looking for work. It will increase hunger while doing nothing to increase employment.
The public comment period is open until April 2. Tell the USDA that the proposed rule is bad public policy that would only increase hunger and make it more difficult for people to find meaningful work. Add your comments by clicking here.