President Trump Proposes Cuts and Restrictions To The Food Stamp Program
How do you automatically get 700,000 people to be upset with you...all at once? You simply introduce a proposal to end the Supplemental Nutritional Food Stamp Program (SNAP). The very program that allows you to buy food but denies you the right to buy vitamins and nutritional supplements. Well, President Trump is doing just that; he's proposing an end to the Food Stamp program altogether. If that doesn't fly, he wants Drug Testing to be a requirement to receive SNAP, according to WIVB News
According to CBS News:
The Trump administration has proposed three changes this year to the federal food stamp program, one of which was adopted last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and would deny food stamps to nearly 700,000 Americans.
The two other proposed rules would make it harder for people across the country to qualify for food stamps and reduce aid eligibility for Americans in cold-weather states.
A total of about 2.2 million households could lose access to government food assistance, while another 3.1 million may see reduced benefits, a recent analysis found.
Also proposed by the Trump Administration is Drug Testing as a requirement to getting Food Stamps (SNAP), according to a WIVB News Report:
As late as May 2020, the Trump administration has sought to cut the food stamp program, according to CBS News. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue argued in 2019 that the program was meant to provide “assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.”
According to recent data from Pulse Survey, roughly 11 percent of American adults have experienced food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic with the highest rate around 18 percent.