Protect SNAP Benefits for Low-Income Families

Amidst the torrent of Mueller news, we shouldn't forget that Trump is continuing to chip away at the social safety net. This week his agriculture department introduced a plan that would kick an estimated 3 million people off of food stamps (also known as SNAP benefits). They would do this by eliminating states' ability to qualify families for food stamps when they have applied for other benefits, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This policy is known as "broad-based categorical eligibility," or BBCE.

According to Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), cracking down on BBCE would "take food away from families, prevent children from getting school meals, and make it harder for states to administer food assistance."

Action: Leave a Comment Against the Proposed Rule Change

This change is currently a proposed rule in the Department of Agrigulture. Public comments can help slow down rule changes both in the department and in the courts. Please leave an original public comment against this rule change using your own words:

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FNS-2018-0037-0001

Some suggested reasons you can include in your comment:

-It drops 3 million low-income families from SNAP benefits

-It eliminates the flexibility of states to meet their own citizens' needs

-It reduces benefits for seniors and people with disabilities

-This rule would circumvent the will of Congress, because this change was rejected from inclusion in last year’s farm bill.

-The vast majority of SNAP recipients have incomes below the poverty line. Only 0.2% of families receiving SNAP benefits are at incomes above the poverty line. Dropping families from SNAP benefits is an attempt to fix a non-existent problem.

Our background links include more statistics you could use in your comments:

-https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/7/24/20707062/food-stamps-snap-trump-administration-sonny-perdue-agriculture

-https://www.npr.org/2019/07/23/744451246/3-million-could-lose-food-stamp-benefits-under-trump-administration-proposal

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