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The Trump administration failed to reveal that more than 500,000 children would lose access to free school meals under its proposed overhaul of the food stamp program, according to a letter House Democrats wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
The new proposal, unveiled last week, would limit access to food stamps and cut more than three million people from the federal program. However, the administration did not include the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) estimate that more than 500,000 children would automatically lose eligibility for free school meals under the change, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), the chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, wrote.
Scott said his committee was briefed about the policy change and the USDA’s estimates on July 22. When the policy was announced in the public Federal Register, the estimates on free school meals were not included.
Scott told Perdue in…
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