750,000 Poor People Could Lose Their Food Stamps Because of Trump's New Proposal

According to the Trump admin, the idea of the move is to “move people toward self-sufficiency.” It will have the power to restrict a state's ability to access waivers as per the current SNAP regulations.
The current administration of the USA plans to limit the states' ability to seek employment waivers from the current SNAP program, which will end up denying food stamps to more than 750,000 people. However, many of the beneficiaries are among the poorest of the poor in America. More than three-quarters of a million people could fall off the rolls, according to the Department of Agriculture, says CNN.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), referred to by most as food stamps offer nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. Introduced in the 1960s, it is the largest program which creates a domestic hunger safety net by working with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations.
750,000 Poor People Could Lose Their Food Stamps Because of Trump's New Proposal

This is the administration's attempt is to make Americans work for their food stamps. The idea of this move, as per US Department of Agriculture head Sonny Perdue, is to “move people toward self-sufficiency.” The announcement of this came in December, on the same day Trump signed into law the new farm bill, which didn’t include SNAP work requirements Republicans in Congress had been pushing for.

The proposed change is aimed at "18 to 49-year-old able-bodied adults without dependents". As per current rules, this group cannot access food stamps for more than three months out of every 36 months unless they are working or registered as a student in an education or training program. But the states can request for a waiver in this time limit in certain scenarios. These include if an area's unemployment rate exceeds 10 percent, or if the employment rate is 20 percent above the national average in certain regions.

Additionally, SNAP allows states to exempt up to 15 percent of their Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) from work each year. In case they are not utilized, these exemptions can be carried forward to the future. Despite the law’s 15 percent exemption cap, current regulations have allowed for “banking,” permitting states to build up large surpluses of exemptions, each one available for use to grant one ABAWD an additional month of benefits.

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However, if the new rule proposed by Purdue gets passed, it will have the power to restrict the state's ability to access waivers. Only those areas within the state that have 7% or higher rate of unemployment will be able to access it. Also, the waivers would also be good for only one year.

Researcher Karen Cunnyngham, an associate director at Mathematica, a policy research firm, told a House Subcommittee on April 3 that this proposal would hit extremely poor Americans very hard. This group's average monthly income is $557 (43% of the poverty level) and only 11% have jobs, which means almost three-quarters of the people targeted by this rule are not working. That’s 2.8 million people, of which over 750,000 would lose SNAP benefits over three years if this rule goes ahead.

Many people have opposed this bill. Several experts told the subcommittee that making it compulsory to work will not lead to their gaining employment. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks found that one in three clients reportedly had a physical or mental limitation, one-third weren't high-school graduates or didn't have a GED and more than half don't have access to reliable transportation. "Those subject to the time limit have profound barriers to employment," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the association.

Republicans have responded saying that employment will only help the people in alleviating their poverty. "Work has dignity. Work is opportunity. Work is not a dirty word," said Rep. Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, the nutrition subcommittee's ranking member. "

However, according to a study conducted in December 2018 by researchers Brian Stacy, Erik Scherpf and Young Jo of the USDA, they found that the work requirements in SNAP have no impact on labor force participation and the number of hours worked. This kind of disproves the claim that the Republican Party makes that SNAP discourages people from working.

There has been some major public outrage against this motion:
750,000 Poor People Could Lose Their Food Stamps Because of Trump's New Proposal
750,000 Poor People Could Lose Their Food Stamps Because of Trump's New Proposal
750,000 Poor People Could Lose Their Food Stamps Because of Trump's New Proposal
750,000 Poor People Could Lose Their Food Stamps Because of Trump's New Proposal