The U. Department of Agriculture on Thursday is proposing a rule that would restrict the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment to receive food stamps. Currently, able-bodied adults ages without children are required to work 20 hours a week to maintain their SNAP benefits. The House bill would have raised the age of recipients subject to work requirements from 49 to 59 and required parents with children older than 6 to work or participate in job training. The House measure also sought to limit circumstances under which families that qualify for other poverty programs can automatically be eligible for SNAP. More: Trump approves additional financial help for US farmers hurt by ongoing trade war.
A Quick Guide to SNAP Eligibility and Benefits | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
This paper provides a short summary of SNAP eligibility and benefit calculation rules. If you would like help from SNAP, contact your local human services office. The staff there will work with you to find out if you qualify. Your state may use a different name. SNAP has special rules following natural disasters. What counts as income?
Ga. cuts food stamps for thousands with new system tracking recipients
By moving to limit the ability of states to issue waivers to people who say they cannot make ends meet under the requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Agriculture Department found another route to create restrictions, bypassing Congress and drawing immediate criticism that the proposed rule was sure to harm Americans below the poverty line. The administration, which along with conservatives had fought to include stricter work requirements in the farm bill, continued to argue that food stamps were never meant to be a way of life and that able-bodied adults should be able to find jobs in a healthy economy. In the end, Republican and Democratic negotiators decided to drop two proposals introduced by conservatives and publicly championed by President Trump : one that would have imposed further work requirements on adults using SNAP, and another that would have closed a loophole allowing states to waive the requirements in areas with high unemployment rates. He needs to know what the intent of Congress is and follow it. Liberal groups joined in the criticism.
This chart book highlights some key characteristics of the 40 million people using the program as well as trends and data on program administration and use. It complements more detailed analyses on particular aspects of SNAP, available on our website. The number of SNAP participants rises during economic downturns and falls when the economy improves.