(TELESUR) – The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday a bill that could eliminate the federal food stamp program for nearly 700,000 people by strictly enforcing work requirements.
The measure, which was proposed by the Department of Agriculture in February, will require eligible adults without children to work at least 20 hours a week so as not to lose their benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
That way, it will be more difficult for state governors to give up those requirements in areas where there are economic difficulties.
The Republican president’s administration says the change is intended to encourage those who receive food stamps to get a job, but several groups fear that the action will harm low-income people who cannot find a stable job.
According to the logic of the Department of Agriculture, as the economy improved under the Trump regime, assistance for unemployed and disabled adults is no longer necessary in a strong labor market.