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|SNAP cuts threaten to remove thousands from food stamps|
|New rules affect as many as 700,000|
|Published Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:00 pm|
|Cuts to the federal SNAP program could remove food benefits for an estimated 700,000 Americans.|
The Trump administration has finalized implementation of new work requirement rules that would cut food benefits for 700,000 Americans.
The average food stamp payout is $36 per month. Though federal officials estimate that under 700,000 people will be impacted by their policy changes, the Urban Institute estimates that the rule changes will cause 3.7 million poor people to lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Brandon Lipps, deputy undersecretary for the U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, spoke with reporters for under 20 minutes regarding the changes, which will take effect on April 1.
“We’re taking action to reform our SNAP program in order to restore the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population and be respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program,” Perdue told reporters. “Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That’s the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life.”
There are over 40 million people in the U.S. living in poverty — 1 of every 7 Americans and 12 percent of the total population. In the U.S., 27% of African Americans live in poverty and 46% of African American children (under age 6) live in poverty, compared to 14.5% of white children.
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Democratic lawmakers and anti-poverty advocates oppose the cuts as unnecessary and cruel.
“This administration doesn’t have any understanding or sympathy for food insecure people. Elementary schools in Charlotte have had to start food pantries so students and their families don’t starve,” said U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.), vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee, which has jurisdiction over the USDA and nutrition issues including SNAP. “Federal anti-hunger programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program play a vital role in the lives of 12th District families.
“SNAP lifted 1.5 million children out of poverty in 2017. Over 20 million children rely on SNAP, which decreases child hunger and promotes stronger learning and academic performance. Properly funded, investments in SNAP also help local businesses and ease food insecurity in food deserts.
“This president wants to pay for his billionaire tax cuts by letting children starve. President Trump’s proposal to cut SNAP benefits comes on the heels of three administrative rules which will cut benefits from almost 4 million Americans and jeopardize 1 million children’s access to free school breakfast and lunch.”
The Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the national Poor People's March, referred to an exchange at a Dec. 4 impeachment hearing and food stamp cuts.
“Trump has called people liars and maniacs, caged children, and cut food stamps, and tried to take away health insurance and let people die. But Republicans are outraged that a law professor used his son’s name in an analogy?” Barber wrote.
“This is cruel and disgraceful. Donald Trump will happily give millions of dollars in tax breaks to his billionaire buddies—but he’s making it harder for struggling families to be able to eat,” presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said. “I’ll reverse this shameful policy.”
The rule change would limit states and force them to restrict food stamp use to areas that have a 6 percent unemployment rate or higher. The national unemployment rate in October was 3.6%.
The Post's Herbert L. White contributed.
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