The Trump administration is moving forward with a rule change that could kick 700,000 Americans off food stamps ,
As coronavirus hits a fever pitch the spread of the coronavirus continues damaging the US economy. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said ,
The administration had decided to move forward with implementing the guidelines and any change would require approval from Congress ,
The Trump administration is moving forward with rule changes to the nation‘s food stamp program that could kick 700,000 Americans off the rolls, even as coronavirus takes a toll on the US economy.
At a Tuesday congressional hearing, Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop called the scheduled rule change “particularly cruel” as more , Americans stay home from work to avoid the virus or lose their jobs. Sonny Perdue, the secretary of the Department of Agriculture, told lawmakers that states would be ,
Granted leeway to determine “good cause” and exempt people from the rules. “Obviously if your job says you can’t come to work or you’re sick in that way,
That good cause would eliminate need for work requirements under this rule,” Perdue said. “That will be under the discretion of the states to determine that good cause.” Perdue said that the Trump administration had decided to move forward with implementing the new regulations ,
And any changes in the timeline would require approval from Congress and the White House. The Department of Agriculture did not return requests for comment.
“Requiring SNAP participants to find 20 hours of work or training a week at the same time that officials are urging the public to take drastic steps to protect themselves , And their communities puts SNAP participants in an impossible situation,” Ed Bolen,