Trump’s New Food Stamp Restriction 🍔

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

They got new rules, they count 'em

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a proposal that would limit access to food stamps - a move that is expected to remove 3.1 million Americans from the program. The administration argues that the legislation will prevent the federal program’s “misuse” as well as preserve its “integrity”.

What will it do?

The proposal would prohibit states from offering food stamp access to families earning more than 130% of the federal poverty guidelines, which amounts to approximately $32,640 for a family of four. It would also prevent families from automatically receiving food stamps if they qualify for other federal assistance programs.


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The right lists the ways in which the new regulation might improve the welfare system, often emphasizing that it caters to individuals who direly need food stamps. Articles also highlight the $2.5 billion that would be saved each year through the change.


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The left criticizes the proposed limitations for undermining the nation's most vulnerable and impoverished: children and the elderly. They highlight potential negative impacts, such as individuals working less to qualify for food stamps or spending all their savings. 

Where's the common ground?

While the right and the left disagree on whether the new regulation should be implemented, both sides laud the food stamp program for serving Americans and note that the program should continue.

The food stamp debate summed up:



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