The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would limit Americans’ access to food stamps, reportedly removing more than 3 million people from the federal program. The plan would eliminate automatic enrollment in food stamps for poor families who receive welfare benefits.
Currently, 43 states allow families who qualify for the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, or TANF, to automatically receive food-stamp benefits, a link that the USDA wants to stop.
According to reports, putting an end to this practice would cut food-stamp spending by $2.5 billion per year.
While income limits for TANF programs vary by state, the welfare program typically is restricted to low-income families. For instance, Ohio requires a family of three to earn less than $840 per month or $10,080 per year, and have less than $1,000 in assets.
Sources say the new proposal would allow automatic enrollment only if families receive at least $50 per month in welfare benefits for at least six months.