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Trump cutting food stamps: President Trump’s plan would kick more than 3 million people off food stamps with proposed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) change

(CBS NEWS) Aimee Picchi, July 26, 2019

  • A Trump administration proposal would limit Americans’ access to food stamps by eliminating automatic enrollment in the program for poor families who receive welfare benefits.
  • There are 3.1 million people who are eligible for food stamps because of this link, or about 8% of all people receiving food stamps, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
  • Policy experts said the proposal is likely to increase food insecurity among needy families.

The Trump administration is proposing a rule that would limit Americans’ access to food stamps, reportedly removing more than 3 million people from the federal program. The plan would eliminate automatic enrollment in food stamps for poor families who receive welfare benefits.

The rule would erase what U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called a “loophole” in welfare benefits. Currently, 43 states allow families who qualify for the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, or TANF, to automatically receive food-stamp benefits, a link that the USDA wants to sever. Ending that practice would cut food-stamp spending by $2.5 billion per year, the Reuters news agency reported.

While income limits for TANF programs vary by state, the welfare program typically is restricted to low-income families. For instance, Georgia requires a family of three to earn less than $784 per month, or $9,408 per year, and have less than $1,000 in assets.

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-cutting-food-stamps-president-plan-would-kick-millions-off-food-stamps-with-proposed-tanf-change-2019-07-23/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a