14 states and two major cities have banded together to sue the Trump administration on Thursday over cuts made to the federal food stamp program.
The new rules state restricts existing waivers to eligibility rules, meaning that only people who are caring for a child 6 years old or younger, are employed, or are in a vocational training program will be eligible for food stamps.
Previously, waivers were commonly given by many states, which made rules about employment or job training were pretty much meaningless. Given the extraordinary economy currently in place with record-low unemployment, it should not be difficult in most cases to find employment.
Yet left-leaning politicians insist that the benefits are needed. “The waivers that the Rule curtails are critical to ensuring access to food for low-income people who live in areas with limited employment opportunities,” said the complaint filed in federal court by the states, New York City and Washington, D.C.
An estimated 700,000 people could be impacted by the new rules–although many of them may become ineligible because they get jobs and exceed the income for eligibility.
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