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  • Federal Judge Cites Coronavirus In Decision Blocking Trump Admin Cut To Food Stamps

    03/14/2020 10:30:51 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 13, 2020 | Brooke Seipel
    A Trump administration rule that would have tightened work requirements for food stamps was blocked by a federal judge on Friday, who cited the rapidly spreading coronavirus in her decision. D.C. District Court Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell granted a preliminary injunction blocking the new rule, which government estimates predicted would kick as many as 700,000 Americans off of food stamps. “Especially now, as a global pandemic poses widespread health risks, guaranteeing that government officials at both the federal and state levels have flexibility to address the nutritional needs of residents and ensure their well-being through programs like SNAP, is...
  • Sotomayor issues blistering dissent, says Republican-appointed justices have bias toward Trump administration

    02/23/2020 8:11:13 AM PST · by PROCON · 84 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2020 | Ronn Blitzer
    Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a scathing rebuke of the court's decision to allow the Trump administration to enforce its "public charge" rule in the state of Illinois, limiting which non-citizens can obtain visas to enter the U.S. Sotomayor's problems with the conservative majority's ruling went far beyond this case, claiming that it was symptomatic of the court's habit of siding with the government when they seek emergency stays of rulings against them. "It is hard to say what is more troubling: that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that...
  • Millions Are Off Welfare. Does Trump Get Credit?

    02/20/2020 12:17:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    New York Times via Yahoo! News ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Jim Tankersley and Lola Fadulu
    President Donald Trump likes to claim credit for the number of Americans who have stopped receiving food stamps since he entered office. In July 2018, he said 3.5 million had fallen from the rolls; the next spring, 5 million had. In his State of the Union speech this month, the number had grown to 7 million. Democrats say those figures only show Trump has pushed struggling Americans off public assistance by pressing to restrict eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid and other programs. For now, the evidence supports Trump’s contention that an improving economy is more responsible for...
  • Food stamp rolls have declined by 7M under Trump even before reforms take effect

    01/08/2020 4:49:02 AM PST · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2020 | Nihal Krishan
    Indeed, the latest data from the Department of Agriculture shows that 7.7 million fewer Americans receive food stamps now than did when Trump entered the White House. The Agriculture Department administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, but the actual food stamp benefits are distributed by individual states.
  • Oh SNAP, USDA Finally Reforms Bloated Food Stamp Program

    12/09/2019 5:58:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2019 | Chris Talgo
    On December 4, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a long-overdue and much-needed rule change to the nation’s beleaguered Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as “food stamps.” According to a USDA press release, “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.”In other words, the new rule aims to ensure that...
  • Senator Murray Statement on New Trump Administration SNAP Rule

    12/05/2019 1:14:44 PM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Dec 04 2019 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the statement below following final approval on a Trump Administration rule that will remove nearly 700,000 people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). “It’s hard to see this as anything but the President being cruel for cruelty’s sake. There is absolutely no reason to deny struggling individuals the food assistance they need. President Trump may not understand how much damage steps like this cause—but I do and I’m not going to stop fighting to get this heartless rule and others like it reversed.”###
  • Trump administration proposal endangers food stamps for millions

    11/30/2019 8:06:21 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 30, 2019 | Phil McCausland
    Three proposed rule changes by the Trump administration could cause millions of poor people to lose access to food stamps and decrease the size of the benefit for millions more. Over the past year, the Department of Agriculture proposed three changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps. The new rules create stricter work requirements for program eligibility, cap deductions for utility allowances and "reform" the way 40 states automatically enroll families into SNAP when they receive other forms of federal aid. A study by the Urban Institute released this week examined the three rules...
  • 50,000 food stamp recipients in Cook County may have to find jobs starting Jan. 1

    11/21/2019 3:38:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 20, 2019 | Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    About 50,000 Cook County residents who receive food stamps are going to have to find jobs next year — or risk losing their benefits. Starting Jan. 1, food stamp recipients in Cook County who are able-bodied, under the age of 50 and not living with children or other dependents will be restricted to three months of food assistance in a three-year period unless they work at least 80 hours a month. They can also meet the requirement by participating in a work-related activity, such as job training or volunteering. The vast majority of Illinois’ 1.8 million SNAP recipients — most...
  • Trump Prepares 2019 Food Stamp Change – Directly Affects Welfare Slugs In 43 States

    09/18/2019 8:04:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 50 replies
    dynamitecandy.com ^ | Sept 18, 2019 | admin
    Democrats thought Donald was done – he’s just getting started! Thanks to President Trump, the U.S. economy is on fire like never before. Jobs are coming back and wages are on the rise. Companies are competing to keep Americans workers. In fact, there are more open jobs than people looking for work! But as good as things are, Trump wants them even better. The economy can only thrive when people are jumping in and getting back to work. But there’s one program that keeps people poor and out of the workforce. A program that also costs the taxpayers billions a...
  • 6.2 Million Individuals Off Food Stamps Under Trump

    09/08/2019 2:47:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Sep 2019 | Katherine Rodriguez
    More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— the program in charge of food stamps— since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president. Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history....
  • Trump administration proposes to end food stamps for 3 million people

    07/25/2019 3:32:46 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 21 replies
    The Trump administration Opens a New Window. proposed new rules to limit access to food stamps on Tuesday – a move that officials said would end benefits for about 3.1 million people – by closing a loophole that allows states to automatically enroll residents already receiving other welfare benefits. “This proposal will save money and preserve the integrity of the program,” Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, said in a conference call. “SNAP should be a temporary safety net.” According to data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Opens a New Window. , about 40 million low-income people...
  • Democrats Lash Out at Millionaire Food-Stamp Whistleblower

    06/24/2019 6:23:11 AM PDT · by eyeamok · 25 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 22, 2019 | Todd Shepherd
    "Mr. Undersander did not break the law, he simply abided by the rules that were in place, so he didn't defraud anybody," said Rep. Mike Conaway, Republican from Texas. "He intentionally defrauded the federal government," McGovern shot back. "That is, in my opinion, breaking the law."
  • Most Illegal Immigrants In US Receive Government Benefits, Costing Taxpayers Billions: Experts

    04/22/2019 7:40:00 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-22-2019 | William La Jeunesse
    The case underscores what experts say is a growing cost to taxpayers from the surge of Central American families and unaccompanied minors. "We're talking about billions of dollars in taxpayer benefits over the next few years," said Dan Stein, director of the right-leaning think tank, Federation for American Immigration Reform. "The payout for the taxpayer is enormous and income to the Treasury is miniscule." A FAIR study in 2017 found illegal immigrants are a net consumer of taxpayer benefits worth more than $100 billion a year, not including the cost of enforcing the border. While federal benefits are supposed to...
  • New bill could allow SNAP benefits to be used for fast food in Illinois

    03/16/2019 11:31:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    fox17.com ^ | March 15, 2019 | WICS
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — There is a new bill working its way through the Statehouse to allow people to use food stamps to buy fast food. Right now, you can only use that money to buy groceries at a store or farmer’s market but if this bill is signed into law, you could order a burger at the nearest fast food joint. House Bill 3343 would establish a Restaurant Meals Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. If passed, recipients can use their monthly allotment to buy meals from restaurants. Only certain recipients qualify: the elderly, disabled, homeless...
  • Alaska: State on SNAP funding amid shutdown: ‘We’re waiting’ (no budget left)

    01/22/2019 6:58:41 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 27 replies
    KTVA ^ | Jan 22, 2019
    Future federal funding for a key nutritional program helping thousands of Alaskans in need remains in doubt due to the partial government shutdown, according to state authorities. The state doesn’t have any funds awaiting distribution under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program according to Shawnda O’Brien, director of Alaska's Division of Public Assistance. SNAP’s latest disbursement, $12 million sent to about 33,000 Alaska households, was originally scheduled to be available by Feb. 1 – but federal officials told the state to issue it prematurely, with the funds released Jan. 20. “They had to get the money out before the end of...
  • Trump team: shutdown won’t stop food stamp pmts in Feb, says program lacks funds for Mar

    01/08/2019 5:21:44 PM PST · by upchuck · 21 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Jan 8, 2019 | Jeff Stein
    The Trump administration pledged Tuesday that Americans will receive food stamps through February despite the partial government shutdown, but officials could not promise those benefits will continue if the shutdown lasts until March. Congress has only approved funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through January, fueling concern food benefits used by 38 million Americans would expire amid the budget stalemate in Washington. In a call with reporters on Tuesday, Agriculture Department officials said that they will give states the money for February’s food stamps ahead of time – by Jan. 20 – to circumvent the expiration of federal appropriations....
  • Farmers risk loss of federal payments, loans, from shutdown

    12/28/2018 10:16:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 28, 2018 | Juliet Linderman
    The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Then parts of the government shut down. The USDA in a statement issued last week assured farmers that checks would continue to go out during the first week of the shutdown. But direct payments for farmers who haven’t certified production, as well as farm loans and...
  • New SNAP Rules Encourage Productivity Instead of Poverty

    12/21/2018 1:45:35 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    The White House ^ | December 20, 2018 | Sonny Perdue Secretary of Agriculture
    More than 20 years ago, Democrats and Republicans came together to reform our welfare programs to restore the system to what it was meant to be: “a second chance, not a way of life,” in the words of then-President Bill Clinton. Over time, without any changes in the underlying welfare reform legislation of 1996, that ideal has been watered down by out-of-control administrative flexibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Today, at the direction of President Donald J. Trump, we are taking steps to restore integrity to SNAP and move people toward self-sufficiency. As we approach the mid-point of...
  • Here Are 2 Ways Trump Can Help Americans Move From Food Stamps to Work

    12/20/2018 12:16:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 18, 2018 | Jamie Bryan Hall
    President Donald Trump has an opportunity to do what Congress should be doing, but isn’t: Help Americans who are on food stamps transition to work.The farm bill—which reauthorizes the foods stamp program for five years—would have been a prime opportunity for Congress to enhance work requirements. Under current law, certain work-capable adults must work 20 or more hours per week, participate in a supervised job search or training, or volunteer in their communities in order to receive food stamps.Most food stamp recipients are exempt from these requirements. These include people over 50 years old, the disabled, and minor children and...
  • Senate Passes 2018 Farm Bill Legalizing Hemp, Ditching SNAP Work Requirements

    12/12/2018 2:11:56 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 December 2018 | Kathrine Rodriguez
    The Senate passed the updated 2018 Farm Bill on Tuesday, which legalized hemp and did away with implementing work requirements to receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senate voted 87-13 to pass the legislation, which lawmakers unveiled Monday evening after months of back-and-forth negotiations and debate over whether work requirements should be included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Every single Senate Democrat voted for the revised bill, and eight Republicans opposed it.....“The 2018 Farm Bill is our opportunity to make the American food and agriculture systems work more efficiently. I’m pleased to say we...