WASHINGTON – New rules could cut off more than three million people from the food stamps program.
This week, the Trump Administration unveiled three possible changes. Tightening who qualifies for aid, creating work requirements, and changing allowances for utility expenses.
The three proposed rule changes could mean 688,000 people losing assistance if a work mandate is enforced.
More than three million losing aid if the qualifying requirements change, and nearly half a million students wouldn’t qualify for reduced lunch at school.
The President says the new rules would mean more non-disabled Americans will get back to work.
“People don’t want a hand out,” said Kimberly Guilfoyle, a re-election adviser for President Trump. “They want to work.”
Although, critics argue more restrictions on welfare programs hurt American families.
“They ignore already strict work requirements in statute to paint a dishonest picture of greedy, welfare sponges,” said Rep. Marcia Fudge.
In total, more than 36 million Americans currently receive SNAP benefits.