The United States’ Food Stamp program was first introduced in 1939 under Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration. The program continues today and is utilized by an estimated 38 million Americans. The program is governed by a strict set of rules to make sure the support is going to the people who need it most.
If the latest rules from the Trump administration come to pass, the number of Americans who can utilize the program will be going down. The United States Department of Agriculture is planning on tightening the rules of the entitlement. This could lead to 3 million Americans who currently use food stamps becoming ineligible.
The Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue feels that higher income Americans are using “loopholes” to take unfair advantage of the program. He told reporters, “For too long, this loophole has been used to effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines. That is why we are changing the rules, preventing abuse of a critical safety net system, so those who need food assistance the most are the only ones who receive it.”
Perdue gave an example of a millionaire in Minnesota who was able to rig the program to receive food stamps. That man, Rob Undersander said he signed up for SNAP to prove that people are taking advantage of the loophole.
Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, “[this] is yet another attempt by this administration to circumvent Congress and make harmful changes to nutrition assistance that have been repeatedly rejected on a bipartisan basis.”