Proposed Trump Administration Rule Would Close Eligibility Loophole, Reducing Food-Stamp Rolls

The Daily Signal | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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The Trump administration is pushing a reform of the food-stamp program that could remove as many as 3.1 million recipients from the rolls, in response to persistent questions about whether only genuinely eligible needy people are recipients.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to close a loophole that allows states to make those receiving even minimal federal welfare benefits eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly referred to as food stamps.

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The loophole is known as “broad-based categorical eligibility.” The policy, among other things, allows applicants to bypass an assets test, so someone could qualify for food stamps even if he or she has significant property and bank accounts, as long as his or her income is low enough.

“For too long, this loophole has been used to effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines. Too often, states have misused this flexibility without restraint,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.

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“The American people expect their government to be fair, efficient, and to have integrity—just as they do in their own homes, businesses, and communities,” Perdue added. “That is why we are changing the rules, preventing abuse of a critical safety-net system, so those who need food assistance the most are the only ones who receive it.”

The new USDA rule published in the Federal Register on Tuesday would mean recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families services would have to get at least $50 per month in cash to be eligible for food stamps. Currently, states have used even receiving an informational brochure or handbill as a qualification to get food stamps.

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As with other regulations, there will be a 60-day comment period before it takes effect.

As The Daily Signal previously reported, Rob Undersander, a Minnesota millionaire, applied for and legally obtained food stamps under the existing laws as...
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