Trump administration moves to end food stamps for 750,000

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December 4, 2019 - 9:08 AM

A woman holds a bag of pears as she waits in line at the Richmond Emergency Food Bank in 2013 in Richmond, Calif. The Trump administration will announce a plan today to end food stamp benefits for about 750,000 Americans. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will announce a plan today to end food stamp benefits for about 750,000 Americans, issuing a new regulation that makes it harder for states to gain waivers from a requirement that beneficiaries work or participate in a vocational training program, according to people familiar with the matter.

Conservatives have long sought cuts in the federal food assistance program for the poor. House Republicans tried to impose similar restrictions last year when Congress renewed the program but were rebuffed in the Senate.

The work requirement only applies to “able-bodied” recipients who aren’t caring for a child under 6 years old.

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