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  • 14 states, NYC, DC sue Trump admin over work requirement rule that would cut 700,000 from food stamps

    01/19/2020 9:00:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/19/2020 | Leonardo Blair
    Calling it “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion” and contrary to law, 14 states, New York City and Washington, D.C., asked a federal court in a lawsuit Thursday to vacate a final rule that if implemented will cut off nearly 700,000 people from food stamp benefits due to the imposition of stricter requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents.“Plaintiffs respectfully request that this Court vacate the Rule and enjoin its implementation because it is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law under the Administrative Procedure…because the Rule was promulgated without observance of procedure required by...
  • Food stamp rolls have declined by 7M under Trump even before reforms take effect

    01/08/2020 4:49:02 AM PST · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2020 | Nihal Krishan
    Indeed, the latest data from the Department of Agriculture shows that 7.7 million fewer Americans receive food stamps now than did when Trump entered the White House. The Agriculture Department administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, but the actual food stamp benefits are distributed by individual states.
  • Why proposed changes to food stamps program could make "the poor more poor"

    12/18/2019 5:52:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | December 18, 2019
    For more than 34 million Americans, food stamps help them survive. Now there's concern proposed changes in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program could drastically cut those benefits, as the Trump administration said it wants to reduce waste. But a couple CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz spoke to worries the changes could hurt families like theirs trying to get by. After Patience Kollie and John Spinola's rent nearly doubled, they had to move into their car with their two kids, a toddler and a teenager. They said the stress and anxiety caused Kollie to go on medical leave, leaving...
  • Oh SNAP, USDA Finally Reforms Bloated Food Stamp Program

    12/09/2019 5:58:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2019 | Chris Talgo
    On December 4, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a long-overdue and much-needed rule change to the nation’s beleaguered Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as “food stamps.” According to a USDA press release, “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.”In other words, the new rule aims to ensure that...
  • New food stamp rules will save taxpayers $5.5 billion over 5 years

    12/05/2019 6:22:42 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson.com ^ | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    New food stamp rules will save taxpayers $5.5 billion over 5 years DECEMBER 5, 2019 BY SHARYL ATTKISSON 2 COMMENTS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “Food Stamps” A new food stamp rule taking effect April first will save U.S. taxpayers $5.5 billion over five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers food stamps. Food stamps or the “SNAP” program gave the average recipient household about $250 a month in 2018. Food stamps are funded with tax dollars. According to the government, 40 million Americans were on food stamps in 2018. In 2017, a little over 9% of...
  • Massachusetts EBT cards were used in elite hotels in Hawaii: report

    12/04/2019 9:14:20 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 3, 2019 | Edmund DeMarche |
    On 18 different occasions in 2019, a Massachusetts EBT card was swiped in Hawaii — including one that was used twice at a posh island resort where rooms fetch $800 a night, a report published Monday said. The Boston Herald said it reviewed more than 2 million EBT expenditures over the past year and found thousands of out-of-state transactions that included withdrawals in Las Vegas and Alaska. The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards are issued to needy citizens who qualify and are replenished monthly. The state's Department of Transitional Assistance bars cardholders from using the cards for vacation services —...
  • Trump Administration to Stiffen Food-Stamp Work Requirement

    12/04/2019 6:52:32 AM PST · by karpov · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2019 | Jacob Bunge
    The Trump administration is set to tighten work requirements for recipients of federal food aid, potentially rendering hundreds of thousands of people ineligible for the program by mid-2020. The administration said Wednesday that it had completed a new rule curbing states’ ability to shield adults without dependents from federal work requirements tied to receiving assistance through the program formerly administered via food stamps. Officials say the rule, which takes effect April 1, 2020, will save the government billions of dollars and encourage more people to work at a time when jobless rates are near a 50-year low. The rule is...
  • Trump administration proposal endangers food stamps for millions

    11/30/2019 8:06:21 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 30, 2019 | Phil McCausland
    Three proposed rule changes by the Trump administration could cause millions of poor people to lose access to food stamps and decrease the size of the benefit for millions more. Over the past year, the Department of Agriculture proposed three changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps. The new rules create stricter work requirements for program eligibility, cap deductions for utility allowances and "reform" the way 40 states automatically enroll families into SNAP when they receive other forms of federal aid. A study by the Urban Institute released this week examined the three rules...
  • 50,000 food stamp recipients in Cook County may have to find jobs starting Jan. 1

    11/21/2019 3:38:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 20, 2019 | Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    About 50,000 Cook County residents who receive food stamps are going to have to find jobs next year — or risk losing their benefits. Starting Jan. 1, food stamp recipients in Cook County who are able-bodied, under the age of 50 and not living with children or other dependents will be restricted to three months of food assistance in a three-year period unless they work at least 80 hours a month. They can also meet the requirement by participating in a work-related activity, such as job training or volunteering. The vast majority of Illinois’ 1.8 million SNAP recipients — most...
  • Shouldn't all of the states be taken off of welfare?

    11/03/2019 12:52:26 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    There's an interesting headline out there today, which can serve as a good educational moment. Due to the ravages of the fires out in California, the White House is threatening to cut off federal funding. Now first off, The notion of this phrase "federal funding" (the article also uses the phrase "state funding") is offensive because it's dishonest. It's welfare, that's what it is. I'm not interested in P.C. comfort terms. As I wrote in May of 2017, when the progressives were starting off building their nanny-state empire, they had a very specific list of welfare queens - 48 of...
  • DHS: About 35K Minnesotans To Lose Food Stamps Under New Trump Administration Rules

    09/18/2019 9:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WCCO-TV ^ | September 18, 2019 | Pat Kessler
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of Minnesotans could be kicked off food stamps under new Trump administration rules. State officials have until next week to file objections to the plan which will take food stamps away from almost two million low-income families nationwide. The new rules would disqualify tens of thousands of Minnesota families who earn more than $27,000 a year. The Trump administration says it could save $2.5 billion a year by ending food stamps in Minnesota for families earning up to $34,000 a year, requiring families be on welfare for at least six months — and testing their income...
  • 6.2 Million Individuals Off Food Stamps Under Trump

    09/08/2019 2:47:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Sep 2019 | Katherine Rodriguez
    More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— the program in charge of food stamps— since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president. Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history....
  • Judicial Watch: U.S. Spends $907 Million on Useless "Nutrition Education"

    07/31/2019 7:22:03 AM PDT · by OfficialJudicialWatch · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 31, 2019
    Besides spending tens of billions of dollars on fraud-infested programs to feed the poor, the U.S. govt wastes an additional $907M to give recipients useless “nutrition education” courses w/rates of effectiveness that cannot be assessed.
  • Democrats Lash Out at Millionaire Food-Stamp Whistleblower

    06/24/2019 6:23:11 AM PDT · by eyeamok · 25 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 22, 2019 | Todd Shepherd
    "Mr. Undersander did not break the law, he simply abided by the rules that were in place, so he didn't defraud anybody," said Rep. Mike Conaway, Republican from Texas. "He intentionally defrauded the federal government," McGovern shot back. "That is, in my opinion, breaking the law."
  • Food stamp use drops; work rules cited

    06/12/2019 6:20:04 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 16 replies
    Atlanta journal constitution ^ | 6-11-19 | Maya T. Prabhu
    Number of Ga. recipients falls 200,000 since 2018, continuing 6-year trend. As of March 31, nearly 1.38 million Georgians were receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly known as food stamps, according to figures obtained from the Department of Family and Children Services by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That’s down from more than 1.55 million in June 2018. That drop-off is part of a steady decline in recipients since 2013, when the number of Georgians using food stamps peaked at 1.95 million. State employees and advocates working with poor and low-income Georgians say the decline is the result of several factors...
  • Senior Hunger Surges As Boomers Swell The Ranks Of The Nation's Elderly

    06/06/2019 9:01:59 AM PDT · by Galatians328 · 126 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/06/2019 | Ted Knutson
    The massive Baby Boomer generation which brought America the happiness of rock & roll and the Ford Mustang en masse is poised to trigger a surge in a scourge: Senior hunger.
  • Remember Rachel "Nkechi Diallo" Dolezal, The White Woman Accused Of Welfare Fraud?

    04/05/2019 4:26:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2019 | Beth Bauman
    Former Spokane, Washington NAACP President Rachel Dolezal, who went by Nkechi Diallo, made national headlines when she was ousted as a white woman pretending to be black. She was forced to resign over the incident. It was also discovered that between August 1, 2015 and November 30, 2017 Dolezal received welfare benefits should didn't qualify for.According to KREM-TV, records indicate Dolezal received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance illegally. She was abusing the system despite making more than $83,000 for her book, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World."To avoid going...
  • New bill could allow SNAP benefits to be used for fast food in Illinois

    03/16/2019 11:31:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    fox17.com ^ | March 15, 2019 | WICS
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — There is a new bill working its way through the Statehouse to allow people to use food stamps to buy fast food. Right now, you can only use that money to buy groceries at a store or farmer’s market but if this bill is signed into law, you could order a burger at the nearest fast food joint. House Bill 3343 would establish a Restaurant Meals Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. If passed, recipients can use their monthly allotment to buy meals from restaurants. Only certain recipients qualify: the elderly, disabled, homeless...
  • Widespread National Food Stamp Fraud Totals at Least $1 Billion, Could Be as High as $4.7 Billion

    02/18/2019 10:49:45 AM PST · by detective · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 17, 2019 | Bethany Blankley
    Shortened title. Full title: Report: Widespread National Food Stamp Fraud Totals at Least $1 Billion, Could Be as High as $4.7 Billion According to a new report produced by the Government and Accountability Office (GAO), at least $1 billion in food stamp benefits are "trafficked annually," meaning they are fraudulently used. The extent of the fraud is uncertain, the GAO warns, estimating the abuse of the program could be as high as $4.7 billion. About 20 million lower-income households receive benefits from the $64 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, to buy food. But GAO...
  • Philadelphia’s Soda War

    01/14/2019 3:03:27 PM PST · by Politically Correct · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | January 14, 2019 | KYLE SMITH
    Philadelphia’s outlandish soda tax is what Democratic-party politics looks like when it lets its freak flag fly. So many classic elements are there: (failed) social engineering and “think of the children!” on one side, paid for with a punitive tax on poor people and destroyed businesses, which means destroyed jobs, which in turn means lives upended. What lives? Greedy capitalists with monocles, maybe? No, they’ll be fine. Think of ex-cons trying to regain their footing in society. To review this debacle, in 2017 Philadelphia, seeking to fund a universal pre-K program, slapped mammoth sin taxes on Coke and Pepsi (and...