Trump Proposal Would Cut 3 Million People from Food Stamp Eligibility

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters about a range of issues as Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue looks on during an event devoted to “America’s farmers and ranchers” in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2019. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would limit access to food stamps, effectively cutting more than three million people from the program. The federal program currently provides food stamps to more than 38 million Americans.

The Department of Agriculture’s proposal would end automatic enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for low-income families who receive welfare benefits. The government claimed that automatically enrolling families “compromises program integrity and reduces public confidence that benefits are being provided to eligible households.”

The proposed new rule would close what some consider a loophole that allows some states to give food stamps to individuals…

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