The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently revealed new work requirements in the food stamp program, according to CNN Politics. Representatives of the department have claimed that the move was made to “restore dignity” to beneficiaries of the program.
"A central theme of the Trump administration has been to expand prosperity for all Americans, which includes helping people lift themselves out of pervasive poverty," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, noting it will save $15 billion over 10 years. The proposed rule "restores the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population, while it's also respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program."
The move by Trump falls in line with a variety of efforts to expand work requirements in federal assistance programs, including a similar provision in the farm bill which was eliminated.
The agency's move could result in hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries losing their assistance, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget & Policy Priorities. Typically, one-third of Americans live in an area where the work requirement is waived. The proposed rule would cut the number of areas with waivers by three-quarters, according to the agency.
Many low-income people can't find a good job with steady hours, even in today's robust economy, said Rachel West, director of poverty research at the left-leaning Center for American Progress. That volatility, combined with the challenge of documenting one's hours, will result in many folks losing their benefits.