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After failing to gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—in the farm bill, President Donald Trump is looking to sidestep Congress and slash the nation’s largest food assistance program by fiat. A new proposed rule announced by the Trump administration would jeopardize food assistance for 755,000 Americans, according to the administration’s own estimate. The proposed rule would dramatically weaken SNAP by making it even harder for unemployed and underemployed workers to access food assistance.
Trump’s proposed rule comes as we mark the one-year anniversary of his tax law—which gave more in tax breaks to the top 1 percent than the entire SNAP program costs.
We need your help to stop these cruel cuts. Now is your chance to tell the Trump administration that making struggling workers hungrier won’t help anyone find a job any faster.
The administration is legally required to read every unique comment submitted in response to its proposed rule. Please make sure to add a personal comment to the sample below and submit by April 1 to ensure it is reviewed by the Trump administration!
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Current law already requires that states limit SNAP to just three months out of every three years for most working-age adults without minor children unless they can log 20 hours of work per week. This policy alone cuts off hundreds of thousands of unemployed or underemployed individuals from food assistance when they need it most. President Trump’s proposed rule would make this policy even harsher by taking food assistance away from even more people who are struggling to find steady work, while taking away states’ ability to waive these harsh time limits when unemployment is high. Since 1996, every state except Delaware has needed to use waivers to halt time limits on SNAP, showing just how essential it is to allow states the flexibility they need to help their residents put food on the table when they fall on hard times.
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