Trump Administration Looks to Remove Ineligible People from Food Stamp Rolls

by Whitney Tipton


The United States Department of Agriculture proposed Monday eliminating a loophole in food stamp eligibility requirements that would cut 3.1 million people from the program and save $2.5 billion.

Those who receive temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will not longer be automatically eligible to get food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if the rule is enacted, according to the USDA.

“Some states are taking advantage of loopholes that allow people to receive the SNAP benefits who would otherwise not qualify and for which they are not entitled,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, according to Reuters.

The USDA wants to change the current rule in 43 states that make TANF recipients automatically eligible for SNAP benefits. Instead, TANF recipients must apply for SNAP and submit to a review of their assets and income to determine if they are qualified.

The proposed rule is expected to result in removing 3.1 million people from the program, according to the USDA.

It will also result in a cost savings of $2.5 billion, the agency said. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the change could save the federal government $8.1 over the next 10 years.

Trump tried to rein in the SNAP program in 2018 through language in the Farm Bill, but it was blocked by Congress. Changes to SNAP eligibility do not, however, require any Congressional approval according to Brandon Lipps, USDA acting deputy undersecretary.

Currently 12% of the U.S. population, or about 40 million Americans, are enrolled in the SNAP program. Recipient eligibility is only reviewed every two years, Lipps said.

The USDA is required to open the proposed rule to public comment before enacting.

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Whitney Tipton is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.




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2 Thoughts to “Trump Administration Looks to Remove Ineligible People from Food Stamp Rolls”

  1. 83ragtop50

    Get rid of the EBT cards and replace it with the distribution of commodities. That certainly will not keep thieves from gaming the system but it should reduce it significantly. I am sick and tired of watching people buy beer and cigarettes with their cash then buy food that I cannot afford with their government “credit card”.

  2. Steve Allen

    Working in the grocery industry I see first hand the use and abuse of this program. People who work with me who are still using their EBT benefits. This program has good intentions but is so open to fraud and abuse.