Trump Administration to Kick 700,000 Off of Food Stamps

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

The Trump administration plans to make it harder for people to qualify for U.S. food stamps, called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which it expects to trim the rolls by 700,000 people.

The president has questioned why 36 million people receive SNAP with the economy strong and unemployment low.

The administration has now finalized a rule that tightens guidelines on when and where states can waive limits on how long certain residents can receive benefits. The changes will move more “able-bodied” adults into the workplace, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.

Perdue told reporters:

“States are seeking waivers for wide swaths of their population, and millions of people who could work are continuing to receive SNAP benefits.”

The United States generally limits the amount of time that adults ages 18-49, who do not have dependents or a disability, can receive food stamps to three months in a 36-month period, unless they meet certain work requirements or states apply for waivers due to tough economic times.

Perdue continued:

“We need everyone who can work to work.”

Not everyone agreed. U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) said:

“This is an unacceptable escalation of the administration’s war on working families, and it comes during a time when too many are forced to stretch already-thin budgets to make ends meet.”

The latest rule will take effect next year and save the U.S. government $5.5 billion over five years by removing about 688,000 people from food stamps, said Brandon Lipps, a USDA deputy undersecretary.

44 Comments

    • Hungary abolished all freebies from their country and the migrants move on… too bad it can’t happen in America. There are too many people living off welfare, SNAP, WIC that can work. I would rather help the person working but having a hard time making ends meet rather than freeloaders.

        • SO AN ELDERLY LADY SHOULD GO HUNGERY ? SHAME ON YOU ! DO YOU REALIZE THAT WHEN A FEMALE WORKS UNTIL 84 YEARS OF AGE SHE SHOULDN’T GET HELP IN HER LATER YEARS WHEN THINGS SO HARD FOR HER ? AGAIN SHAME ON YOU ! I’VE NEVER HAD HELP OF ANY KIND BEFORE. AND NOW THAT I NEDED IT SO BAD YOU DON’T WANT ME TO GET ANY HELP AT ALL? WELL AGAIN SHAME ON YOU !!! THATS ALL I CAN SAY TO YOU BECAUSE YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED THE MAJORITY OF THERE LIVES !!!!!

    • I couldn’t agree more John J. It sickens me to see a young family, our neighbors, neither of them work. They have two good legs, two good arms and no reason not to be working. Plus they live with her mother. Two children get free breakfast and free lunch in school. You should see what these kids get for Christmas and Birthdays. Our taxpayers money gone wrong. Get off your lazy welfare asses and get a job and contribute to our country.

      • I agree with you. It took me eight (8) years to get social security and there are teenagers and young adults that are using the checks to buy drugs and play video games. I also have a boyfriend whose niece has not worked a day in her life and she is collecting $2,000 a month from the state to take care of her mother and uncle. She does neither. Just sits on the internet and feeds her face. So I know what you are talking about.

    • JUST WHAT I WAS THANKING. THE ONES THAT ARE DISABLED NEEDS TO KEEP THEM. BUT MANY LIKE REFUGEES AND IMMIGRATS GET THEM THEY ARE DRAINING THE SUPPLIES DRY. AND THEY DON’T AS LONG AS THEY GETTING A FREE RIDE, THAT OBAMA STARTED.

    • I agree with Sharon. Sense Johnston brought in Well Fair, we’ve had to pay the price. This was not suppose to be a way of life. Short period, get on your feet then get off. But there are ways to get around the system and they know them all. They are not taking away from the government but every hard working american’s. Sometimes I wish they would take the word giving out of the dictionary. I don’t mine giving, I just wish were not so many hands. I find it hard to chose which hand to give to.

    • Free phones, $9.99 internet service, food stamps that now look like a credit card, section 8 (housing), and many more. Rush Lindbaugh said one time that the U.S. average person on welface using what is available gives the recipient about $30,000. 700,000 is a small price to make work part of their life.

  1. It is about time. There are a lot more freeloaders and parasites taking undeserved taxpayer money. Thenn how about the many on disability that do not deserve it. Blame the crooked doctors who write them up for this. A lot of police and fireman do this just prior to retirement.

  2. It is about time to get people off the leaches population! You must work to earn your food. Why do people don’t have any pride? Laziness and the liberals have domesticated, mentally castrated and made it a right to be fed like pets in our homes. At least the dogs 🐕 in our homes show love and gratitude. You must use the GOYA system to earn the money that you need to purchase your food. What is GOYA? You may ask. Well, if you ask successful people they will tell you: GET OFF YOUR ASS!

  3. It’s about time.. We have had too many freeloaders being given food stamps through tax payers money who do not deserve it.. This does NOT affect people with children or with jobs or the handicapped.. It is only going to affect those who are too lazy to go to work.. All we want if for these freeloaders to work at least 20 hours a week to apply for food stamps and this sounds very logical to us Good Americans who are sick of supporting the lazy people who collect them.

    • Hi
      I have read several of your comments and have to agree with it but, there are people as my self that was not able to go to school !Not because of being born in anouther country , Born right here in america ALABAMA , into a life style of a 3rd world country, to poor to go to school !
      I have had to work at very low paying jobs , raise a family and for reasons you would not understand. I paid taxes along with the rest off you. Untill i became disabled at the age off 70is .
      So guess what my ssa is ? You would probley use it to purchase itiams for your bathroom !
      I am now 85 soon 86 years young , this month they took my food stamps from me !
      Do you feel this is fair ? or Just someone that fell thro the cracks !

  4. Happy to hear that our President Trump is doing something about the “free-Loaders” sucking up
    on the welfare budget.
    Also, Waiting for President Trump and congress to go after the “Corporate Welfare Recipients”.
    Would like to see President Trump and congress eliminate some of the meaningless cabinet agencies,
    and Planned Parenthood for another. We are overrun with government meaning an out of control government and plagued by enormous debt and high tax burdens. Congress sets on their hind ends and won’t address these problems which are continuously growing out of control.

    Neil Oberg
    Milliken, Co. 80543

  5. ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD BE DEPORTED THAT CANNOT SUPPORT THEMSELVES. ALL MUSLIMS THAT ARE ON WELFARE PROGRAMS, SHELTER, HOSPITAL ASSISTANCE, FOOD STAMPS, AND EDUCATION PROGAMS SHOULD BE DEPORTED. AMERICA SHOULD REQUIRE THAT MUSLIMS EITHER WORK AND SUPPORT THEMSELVES OR BE DEPORTED.

    • They should not be in our country or our government they hate America and Americans I believe they are a danger to America. Ovomit let them in our country illegally but he was a Muslim who wanted to be king as far as i’m concerned he would not be allowed to empty septic tanks if he did it with a straw he should be deported out of our country

    • One cannot simply say send all of the Muslims home. This is their country too. USA is a stolen melting pot. The indigenous people have been marginalized and probably want you to go home too.

      Because we have freedom of religion I believe it would be Severely unconstitutional to signal out just Muslims. Maybe if we included other religions too this would be something that could be done. Can I ask you why Muslims? They are peaceful people; yes they’ve got radicals in the group but so does all the other religions. For instance all the Catholics raping little boys, or the Christians shooting children in schools, why not them too? Please explain this ignorance.

      • If Muslims are not a threat to the American Way”…then why did they build a walled fortress where no Christian can enter that does not accept our laws but instituted Sahria Law….AS far as I am concerned that is the beginning of an covert invasion. When one immigrates to another country, the laws should be respected, one should follow those laws, respect the way of life. No one cares if they practice their religion but they shouldn’t attack us, and force it down our throats…and I mean physically. If their way of life is what they want, then why did they come to America?

    • Current immigration law says they are to have a sponsor who is supposed to provide these things.
      But thanks to democrats it is not enforced.

  6. There’s no way for the general public to know every case. But I personally know two families, working full time, that are drawing government assistance. The husbands are employed by the government. Both their sons have almost new automobiles and one of the wives has a new Lincoln Escalade. I called attention to this almost a year ago and nothing has been done. So there are some out there who should be removed from government assistance.

  7. Good News, no one should be allowed into the country who has to live on the American taxpayer. All the illegals are getting welfare/food stamps/housing/free medical/free schooling and the taxpayers have to pay for it – they even sue the gvt. if they do crimes – we pay for their lawyers???? $160 Billion a year for illegals?? This is how to bankrupt a country/destroy their values and bring them into socialism – that is where we are.

  8. Too many people don’t understand what the President is trying to do with this program. My uneducated elderly neighbor thought he was going to take her food stamps away because that’s what the ladies at the market were gossiping about. There needs to be more publicity so that people don’t wrongfully blame the President for cutting benefits to the elderly and those truly in need.

  9. Thank you President Trump. One of the main problems of why illegal immigrants come across the border is they get free medical, food stamps, free apartments to live in, welfare, fre education, etc. If all this free items were stopped, they would not come. Sometime after n everyone’s life, they hit on hard times, welfare was to get through this time, not to be from generation, to generation. Nor for those who are not American citizens. When people from Europe came to Ellis Island, they had to be sponcered by a relative, who was a American citizen, they had to sign a legal document stating they would see to the basic needs of the relative, until they got a job. If they did not get a haircut b within n a certain time, the relative would be shipped back to their country. It is not fair that the average American should have to pay for all the illegals when could me into our country why should a hard working American, who has their own family to care for, be burdened to care for illegal immigrants. All the bleeding hearts of such as politicians, etc. Preach how we should no complian, do you see them dig into their pockets, take down the walls that frame their home? It is like the old saying, “say as I say, not as. I do)”.

  10. I agree with Trump.
    In reading this I thought of my grandfather who had a farm,
    he worked the farm, milked his cows, hayed the fields using a hand scythe.,
    had a factory job and cut and stacked cordwood for a neighbor farm,
    just to make ends meet. My father did the same, and I almost did,
    but I joined the Navy instead, and when I got out got a job in a factory.

    And today’s people on food stamps complain about making ends meet?
    GET A FN JOB!

  11. This should have been done twenty years ago. So many cheats out there have gotten away with this for way too long. If you really need it, prove it. If you cant, get a job. Plenty of them out there.

  12. This should have been done twenty years ago. So many cheats out there have gotten away with this for way too long. If you really need it, prove it. If you cant, get a job. Plenty of them out there, Trump saw to that.

  13. Thank you President Trump. Finally a President with gonads to stand up and do the right thing. Some hate him, I love him. He has done nothing but good for this country and would have gotten a lot more accomplished had it not been for the hatred and phony impeachment from the Dems. God forbid the Dems win the election, we’d all be screwed for sure. I’ve read where the millennials outnumber the baby boomers and they’re voting for the Dems because they’ve been promised that their student loans will be no longer. Trump 2020!!!

  14. I JUST READ AN ARTICLE ON THE INTERNET THAT CAUGHT SOME SNAP,FOOD STAMP “poor folks USED THEIR BENNIES TO PAY FOR TRIPS TO HAIWII, AND OTHER FABULOUS EXPENSIVE VACATION SPOTS. AND I CAN’T MAKE IT TO ORLANDO FROM BRUNSWICK , GA. HOW DO THESE CROOKS GET AWAY WITH THAT, THEY SAY THEY ARE VERY POOR AND SUCK ON THE TAX PAYERS TEATS AND THEN BLOW A HOLE IN HONEST WORKING FOLKS. GLAD WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS TRYING TO CUT THE GOVERNMENT CORD FOR ILLEGAL USE OF FUNDS THE MISS USE, AND LIE TO GET

  15. Hi i posted my comment in reply to someones comment About losing my food stamps at the ripe ole age 85 years young!
    Tho i have worked all my life on low paying jobs, and have paid taxes, believe it or not I didn,t get to know what was happening to IRS score keeping untill i was maby 60is found it to have a lot off blank spaces, could not prove anything but the last reports i had recently sent in !.
    So whos fault was it that my socialSA is so low i need food stamps, but have now lost them !

  16. 90% of the people who get food stamps deserve it sure a few people cheat but that go/s with anything try living on food stamps for your families food its not easy one day your on top of the world the next your out on the streets it could happen too you it could happen too anybody

  17. So, how do you sort out the able and the disabled? We all know there are too many people getting help that should NOT be, But many DO honestly need it. Don’t punish the people who need and deserve the help. Maybe this story will help. Back in the day when free cheese and other items we being given out to people making little money, and old lady always showed up. She was dressed nicely, wore real fur coat, and drove a Caddy. Everyone thought she was a welfare cheater. The truth was, the furs were over 50 years old, the Caddy was also old, and about all she had left when her husband passed away. She was living on nothing, but it was important to her, to look her best when she went out.

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