Nearly 700,000 Americans could lose food stamps under new policy
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On Thursday (Yesterday) the US Department of Agriculture unveiled a proposed rule that will require more food stamps recipients to work in order to receive benefits.
Fourteen states, plus New York City and the District of Columbia, are suing the US Department of Agriculture.
The Supplemental Nutrition assistance Program, or SNAP, already requires working-age adults without dependents or disabilities to consistently hold a job to benefit from the program.
But states can waive the work requirements in areas where there’s high unemployment or few jobs.
These new regulations would put an end to that option and could result in 688,000 people losing aid when the policy takes effect in April.
Attorneys General in states represented in the suit called the proposed policy “heartless” and “cruel to its core.”
The Trump administration argues these regulations keep people from becoming dependent in the long term.