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  • Joe Biden will sign executive orders to lay groundwork for $15 minimum wage for federal workers, boost food stamps and increase COVID aid

    01/22/2021 9:28:45 AM PST · by knighthawk · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 22 2021 | EMILY GOODIN
    President Joe Biden will sign another round of executive orders on Friday, these aimed at providing assistance for those facing food insecurity, protecting American workers and providing economic relief to struggling families. Biden kicked off his presidency with a series of orders aimed at undoing much of President Donald Trump's legacy and helping those devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday he will sign executive orders aimed at speeding up delivery of stimulus checks to families who haven't received them and increasing food aid for children who normally rely on school meals as a main source of food.
  • Why Giving Food Stamps to the Rich Is Not a Terrible Idea Every child in N.Y.C. public schools was given a $420 benefits card. The well-off should use theirs to support food banks. (NYT alert)

    09/18/2020 8:11:03 AM PDT · by karpov · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 18, 2020 | Ginia Bellafante
    ... The cards, known as P-EBT (for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer), are entirely legitimate. As it happened, every child enrolled in public school in New York City would receive one regardless of family income. The program, which delivers $880 million to New York State, was paid for by the federal government, a result of the economic relief package passed by Congress in the earliest phases of the coronavirus outbreak. The sum of $420 was meant to equal the cost of meals that a child would have received in the spring had school been open. While the notion of people who...
  • ood Stamp Usage Climbs by 5.9 Million Since Coronavirus Pandemic Began

    08/11/2020 6:03:12 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/10/2020 | Katherine Rodriguez
    An additional 5.9 million people in the United States are on food stamps since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA data showed that in March 2020, the month the pandemic hit the U.S., 37,140,169 individuals were receiving food stamps. Yet in April, that number soared by an estimated 5.9 million to 42,995,224 individuals.
  • Angelina Jolie pleads for Congress to increase food assistance benefits because 'children are going hungry'

    05/05/2020 8:18:28 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2020 | Tyler McCarthy
    Angelina Jolie is calling on Congress to increase food assistance to families across the United States in the next coronavirus stimulus bill. The Academy Award-winning actress and humanitarian is advocating on behalf of the millions of families across the country who rely on things like free meals for their kids at schools that are no longer available as people lose work and classrooms remain empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shared with USA Today, the 44-year-old...
  • 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...
  • Is Trump’s Budget an Attack on the Poor? No—the administration’s cuts mark a return to sensible principles on welfare programs.

    03/06/2020 6:25:16 AM PST · by karpov · 7 replies
    City Journal ^ | March 5, 2020 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Last month, the Trump administration rolled out its Fiscal Year 2021 federal budget request—and progressive critics howled. “Trump’s budget is a $292 billion attack on poor Americans,” Mother Jones alleged. Vox accused Trump of cutting Medicare and Medicaid and lying about it. Kentucky Democratic representative John Yarmuth claimed that Trump was proposing “deep cuts to critical programs that help American families” and “destructive changes to Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security.” The anger was mostly hot air because, as National Review’s Robert VerBruggen notes, the budget is “an irrelevant document that mainly serves to give political journalists stuff to complain about.” It’s...
  • States Scramble To Prepare Ahead Of Food Stamps Rule Change

    03/04/2020 4:42:04 AM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | 3-4-2020
    From Hawaii to Pennsylvania, states are scrambling to blunt the impact, with roughly 700,000 people at risk of losing benefits unless they meet certain work, training or school requirements. They've filed a multi-state lawsuit, expanded publicly funded job training, developed pilot programs and doubled down efforts to reach vulnerable communities, including the homeless, rural residents and people of color.Richard Butler poses for a portrait in an apartment that a friend is letting him and his fiance live in on Chicago's Southside. (AP Photo/Char,/ales Rex Arbogast) Social service agencies say they won't be able to fill the gap, making increased homelessness...
  • 14 states, NYC, DC sue Trump admin over work requirement rule that would cut 700,000 from food stamps

    01/19/2020 9:00:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/19/2020 | Leonardo Blair
    Calling it “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion” and contrary to law, 14 states, New York City and Washington, D.C., asked a federal court in a lawsuit Thursday to vacate a final rule that if implemented will cut off nearly 700,000 people from food stamp benefits due to the imposition of stricter requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents.“Plaintiffs respectfully request that this Court vacate the Rule and enjoin its implementation because it is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law under the Administrative Procedure…because the Rule was promulgated without observance of procedure required by...
  • 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.
  • Why proposed changes to food stamps program could make "the poor more poor"

    12/18/2019 5:52:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | December 18, 2019
    For more than 34 million Americans, food stamps help them survive. Now there's concern proposed changes in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program could drastically cut those benefits, as the Trump administration said it wants to reduce waste. But a couple CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz spoke to worries the changes could hurt families like theirs trying to get by. After Patience Kollie and John Spinola's rent nearly doubled, they had to move into their car with their two kids, a toddler and a teenager. They said the stress and anxiety caused Kollie to go on medical leave, leaving...
  • Oh SNAP, USDA Finally Reforms Bloated Food Stamp Program

    12/09/2019 5:58:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | 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...
  • New food stamp rules will save taxpayers $5.5 billion over 5 years

    12/05/2019 6:22:42 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    New food stamp rules will save taxpayers $5.5 billion over 5 years DECEMBER 5, 2019 BY SHARYL ATTKISSON 2 COMMENTS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “Food Stamps” A new food stamp rule taking effect April first will save U.S. taxpayers $5.5 billion over five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers food stamps. Food stamps or the “SNAP” program gave the average recipient household about $250 a month in 2018. Food stamps are funded with tax dollars. According to the government, 40 million Americans were on food stamps in 2018. In 2017, a little over 9% of...
  • Massachusetts EBT cards were used in elite hotels in Hawaii: report

    12/04/2019 9:14:20 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 3, 2019 | Edmund DeMarche |
    On 18 different occasions in 2019, a Massachusetts EBT card was swiped in Hawaii — including one that was used twice at a posh island resort where rooms fetch $800 a night, a report published Monday said. The Boston Herald said it reviewed more than 2 million EBT expenditures over the past year and found thousands of out-of-state transactions that included withdrawals in Las Vegas and Alaska. The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards are issued to needy citizens who qualify and are replenished monthly. The state's Department of Transitional Assistance bars cardholders from using the cards for vacation services —...
  • Trump Administration to Stiffen Food-Stamp Work Requirement

    12/04/2019 6:52:32 AM PST · by karpov · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2019 | Jacob Bunge
    The Trump administration is set to tighten work requirements for recipients of federal food aid, potentially rendering hundreds of thousands of people ineligible for the program by mid-2020. The administration said Wednesday that it had completed a new rule curbing states’ ability to shield adults without dependents from federal work requirements tied to receiving assistance through the program formerly administered via food stamps. Officials say the rule, which takes effect April 1, 2020, will save the government billions of dollars and encourage more people to work at a time when jobless rates are near a 50-year low. The rule is...
  • 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...
  • Shouldn't all of the states be taken off of welfare?

    11/03/2019 12:52:26 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    There's an interesting headline out there today, which can serve as a good educational moment. Due to the ravages of the fires out in California, the White House is threatening to cut off federal funding. Now first off, The notion of this phrase "federal funding" (the article also uses the phrase "state funding") is offensive because it's dishonest. It's welfare, that's what it is. I'm not interested in P.C. comfort terms. As I wrote in May of 2017, when the progressives were starting off building their nanny-state empire, they had a very specific list of welfare queens - 48 of...
  • DHS: About 35K Minnesotans To Lose Food Stamps Under New Trump Administration Rules

    09/18/2019 9:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WCCO-TV ^ | September 18, 2019 | Pat Kessler
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of Minnesotans could be kicked off food stamps under new Trump administration rules. State officials have until next week to file objections to the plan which will take food stamps away from almost two million low-income families nationwide. The new rules would disqualify tens of thousands of Minnesota families who earn more than $27,000 a year. The Trump administration says it could save $2.5 billion a year by ending food stamps in Minnesota for families earning up to $34,000 a year, requiring families be on welfare for at least six months — and testing their income...
  • 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....
  • Judicial Watch: U.S. Spends $907 Million on Useless "Nutrition Education"

    07/31/2019 7:22:03 AM PDT · by OfficialJudicialWatch · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 31, 2019
    Besides spending tens of billions of dollars on fraud-infested programs to feed the poor, the U.S. govt wastes an additional $907M to give recipients useless “nutrition education” courses w/rates of effectiveness that cannot be assessed.