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Trump Proposes to Close Food Stamp “Loophole”

President Trump is threatening to close a loophole in food stamp rules, which Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue argues is being intentionally misused by states to “effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines.” According to Fox News, federal policy allows those who receive benefits through other programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to automatically qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits despite current guidelines that would otherwise cut off prospective recipients making more than 130 percent of the poverty level. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

A proposed rule change for the food-stamp program, outlined this past week by the Agriculture Department, has highlighted the ideological clash between President Trump’s attempts to tighten government entitlement programs and efforts in some states to widen the social safety net.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the proposed rule change was intended to close a “loophole” that states have misused to “effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines.”

Current federal guidelines have forbidden people making more than 130 percent of the poverty level from getting aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). However, officials in many states have said the cap was too restrictive, especially in cities with a high cost of living, prompting them to bypass the limits.

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