By Jeff Dunetz
The Trump administration is proposing a rule change that would cut up to 3.1 million people from the food stamp program, saving taxpayers $2.5 billion annually.
The revised regulation would require people who currently receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, to undergo a separate income review to determine if they are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Currently, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials say, 43 states automatically allow their reside
“Some states are taking advantage of loopholes that allow people to receive the SNAP benefits who would otherwise not qualify and for which they are not entitled,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue revealed in a conference call.
“This proposal will save money and preserve the integrity of the program,” Perdue argued, adding that “SNAP should be a temporary safety net.”
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said the rule change is an attempt by the administration to “circumvent Congress and make harmful changes to nutrition assistance that have been repeatedly rejected on a bipartisan basis.”
The Trump administration has argued that a booming economy has helped lower the unemployment rate to full employment, making food stamp assistance less necessary.
When Barack Obama entered office in 2009, about 33 million Americans were enrolled in SNAP. By 2013, that number had shot upto 48 million, an indication of his awful economic programs.
On the other hand, because of his successful economic programs , two million Americans dropped from the food stamp program during Trump’s first year as President, which at that time was the lowest point in eight years.