Trump Administration Ends Food Stamps For 700,000 Unemployed Americans

DECEMBER 4, 2019 BY MICHAEL STONE

Merry Christmas: In yet another act of gratuitous cruelty the Trump administration has issued new rules that will take food stamps away from nearly 700,000 unemployed Americans.

Bloomberg News reports

The Trump administration announced a plan Wednesday to end food-stamp benefits for about 700,000 Americans, issuing a new regulation that makes it harder for states to gain waivers from a requirement that beneficiaries work or participate in a vocational training program.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue explained the deplorable action to reporters, declaring:

We’re taking action to reform our SNAP program in order to restore the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population and be respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program. Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That’s the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life.

Because nothing restores “the dignity of work” like going hungry.

The move is despicable, but not surprising. Republicans have always wanted to cut food stamps for the poor and unemployed. Last year House Republicans tried to impose similar restrictions, but were stopped by Democrats in the Senate.

Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, and the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, railed against the new rule, declaring:

This Administration is out of touch with families who are struggling to make ends meet by working seasonal jobs or part time jobs with unreliable hours. Seasonal holiday workers, workers in Northern Michigan’s tourism industry, and workers with unreliable hours like waiters and waitresses are the kinds of workers hurt by this proposal.

Senator Stabenow was not the only one to criticize the cruel new Trump administration policy. The following is a sample of reactions via Twitter:

Chuck Schumer@SenSchumer

The Trump Administration is driving the vulnerable into hunger just as the Christmas season approaches.

It is heartless.

It is cruel.

And it exposes a deep and shameful hypocrisy in @realDonaldTrump’s administration.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/us/politics/food-stamps.html …Hundreds of Thousands Are Losing Access to Food StampsThe Agriculture Department gave its final approval to the first of three rules that are ultimately expected to cut more than three million from the food stamp rolls.nytimes.com4,4134:09 PM – Dec 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy2,846 people are talking about this

Kirsten Gillibrand@SenGillibrand

Taking food away from hundreds of thousands of Americans—many of whom already struggle to find work or make ends meet—would do little to end hardship and hunger. It’s counterproductive, shortsighted, and cruel. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nearly-700-000-will-lose-food-stamps-usda-work-requirement-n1095726?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma …Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement changeThe Trump administration’s rule change would limit states’ abilities to provide residents access to food stamps.nbcnews.com5985:39 PM – Dec 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy217 people are talking about this

Elizabeth Warren@SenWarren

No family should have to struggle to put food on the table & no child should have to go to bed hungry. SNAP is a lifeline for millions of Americans in MA & across the country. We should be expanding this program – not tearing it apart. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/us/politics/food-stamps.html …Hundreds of Thousands Are Losing Access to Food StampsThe Agriculture Department gave its final approval to the first of three rules that are ultimately expected to cut more than three million from the food stamp rolls.nytimes.com3,5615:50 PM – Dec 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,180 people are talking about this

Richard Blumenthal@SenBlumenthal

New USDA rule will slash SNAP benefits for 700,000 Americans, increasing hunger & poverty. Once again we have proof this admin’s heartlessness knows no bounds. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nearly-700-000-will-lose-food-stamps-usda-work-requirement-n1095726?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma …Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement changeThe Trump administration’s rule change would limit states’ abilities to provide residents access to food stamps.nbcnews.com3126:24 PM – Dec 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy290 people are talking about this

Jon Favreau@jonfavs

Every Democratic candidate should try to raise this issue at the December debate.

Trump and the Republicans gave FedEx a $1 billion tax cut and then gutted food stamps for millions right before the holidays. https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1202273191747637249 …Sam Stein@samsteinIn usual times, cutting millions off of food stamps during the holiday season would be more than a 15 min news cycle. (If this is even that) https://twitter.com/alexwagner/status/1202270886319009792 …9,7792:44 PM – Dec 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy4,126 people are talking about this

People often ask who in the Trump admin is connected to #TheFamily. One is Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, a vocal Christian who owes his career to fundamentalist dirty trickster Ralph Reed & who today kicked as many as 700,000 people off food stamps to “restore the dignity of work.” https://t.co/5BG1HIJb6I

— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) December 5, 2019

Bottom line:  In yet another act of gratuitous cruelty the Trump administration has issued new rules that will take food stamps away from nearly 700,000 unemployed Americans.

Can you feel the Christian love?

Trump Administration Ends Food Stamps For 700,000 Unemployed Americans (Image via Twitter)
Trump Administration Ends Food Stamps For 700,000 Unemployed Americans (Image via Twitter)