More Americans will have to work for food stamps under new Trump rule

The Trump administration unveiled a final rule Wednesday that will require more food stamp recipients to work in order to receive benefits.

The new requirement limits states’ ability to waive existing work mandates and could result in 688,000 people losing assistance, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

The move is one of three Trump administration efforts to overhaul the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as the food stamp program is formally known.

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19 Responses to More Americans will have to work for food stamps under new Trump rule

  1. Chris Mallory says:

    In other news, welfare payments to Saudi, Israel, Poland, South Korea, and Ukraine will be increased. Because screw Americans, those nations on the other side of the world need American tax money.

  2. Lilyrat says:

    Illinois Governor says this is cruel of the President….making .able bodied people with no dependents having to work.

  3. anonymous says:

    Less Americans receiving FREE benefits – Good News ! Encouraging people to earn their benefits may be contagious and begin working for a living, thus getting off benefits for people WHO ARE INCAPABLE OF WORKING receiving these benefits.

    Free Stuff For Nothing – it hasn’t helped them get off welfare has it.

  4. Marach says:

    I work in a welfare department as a programmer. The amount ot hand wringing is amazing. On the plus side, we are expecting a drop in fraud recovery if it is harder to qualify for SNAP in the first place. And the bit about children loosing qualification for the school lunch program is bogus.

  5. Handy N Handsome Lazy Coward American says:

    About the only thing I remember from high school French class:
    C’est bien dommage

  6. nemo says:

    I predict a Demonrat appointed judge will create an injunction blocking implementation in 3, 2, 1 because CHILDREN!

  7. joe says:

    If they don’t get SNAP, will they still get the free weed?

  8. Brian P. says:

    The Libs, at least the politicians, don’t give a damn about the people who are on welfare that may lose it because the new policy. Which is simply enforcing the rules as they’re already written. They’re just afraid of losing their means of bribing voters.

  9. just sayin says:

    in Australia the republicans brought in “work for the dole” it enables their support base and donation base to get “workers they do not have to pay” to work mandatory hours to continue to receive unemployment benefits, the “workers” still have to prove they have looked for over 20 jobs a week on top of the mandatory 3 days a week odd they are forced to “donate” their time.

  10. pigpen51 says:

    I don’t know much about the work policy, but the devil will be in the details. If you force a single mother with 3 kids to work, then you have to figure out how to pay for a babysitter, which sort of makes the entire point of trying to save money and get people back to work mute. Plus, with the economy booming, I wonder in some states, just what jobs they are going to find for these people. Maybe some of those shovel ready jobs that former president Obama promised will appear from the ether.

    • guest says:

      Maybe she should have kept her legs shut in the first place. Maybe her plight will encourage others to make better decisions.

      It’s not as though the country didn’t have a lack of willing adoptive parents who are willing to jump through ridiculous hoops, up to and including importing crippled children from foreign countries, just to have families. It’s not as though abortion weren’t safe, legal, and funded by taxpayer dollars in all 50 states.

      People who make bad, culturally corrosive choices should live with the consequences. I am all out of sympathy for people demanding gibsmedats at the point of a government bayonet.

      • anonymous says:

        “I am all out of sympathy for people demanding gibsmedats at the point of a government bayonet.”

        Especially those parents who deliberately choose to have more children to gain more free benefits. THAT is criminal in my opinion.

        • Wirecutter says:

          That was my Okie great-aunt. You can only imagine her shock when her youngest turned 18 and she had no husband, no job, no experience, no work history for over 30 years and suddenly no government check.
          She eventually did get back on her feet after 4-5 years but until then she relied on family charity.

    • Marach says:

      The policy is Able Bodied Adult Without Dependent. In your example mom would be exempt as she has dependents.

  11. Michael Alexander says:

    Hunger, the great motivator

  12. CC says:

    pigpen51 – it’s just possible some of those new jobs will be daycare workers…

  13. crazyeighter says:

    Gotta go find their own straw and make the same number of bricks, eh?

  14. BUBBA says:

    Working for food. What a novel idea.

  15. Sanders says:

    Haw haw! My lazy ass brother in law will have to get a job, now! He’s a journeyman HVAC guy. They only reason he isn’t working is because he doesn’t want to. HVAC companies are even advertising on the radio for people around here, but he says he can’t find a job. Yeah, I guess if you don’t look for one, you won’t find one!

    I’m surprised he puts up with the ration of shit me and my father-in-law give him about not getting a job.

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