Trump administration moves to impose stricter work requirements for food stamps

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The Trump administration on Thursday announced a plan that would strengthen work requirements for the millions of Americans receiving food stamps.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program commonly referred to as food stamps, unveiled the proposed new rule Thursday morning.

Under federal law, able-bodied adults without dependents are restricted to three months of benefits within a 36-month period unless they work at least 80 hours per month or participate in certain educational or job-training activities. 

But current USDA regulations allow for states to waive an existing work requirement if the area’s unemployment rate is 20 percent higher than the national rate. The new rule allows for states to only waive that requirement in areas where the unemployment rate is above 7 percent — nearly double the current national unemployment rate.

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