“The final rule in this lawsuit drastically and drastically changes decades of regulatory practice, with states declaring and exponentially increasing food security for tens of thousands of Americans,” wrote Chief Justice Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court in Washington. pages stating that the agency did not explain properly, generally comply with federal law, and how it “makes sense.”
This requirement could result in 688,000 adults without disabilities and working age without dependents losing their additional food assistance programs or SNAP, as food stamps are formally known, according to estimates by the Department of Agriculture, which were calculated before the pandemic. It was expected to save $ 5.5 billion over five years.
During the outbreak, the number of credited food stamps increased as millions of Americans lost their jobs. According to the resolution, more than 6 million people signed up for benefits, as of May, which is 17% more.
About 43 million Americans received benefits in April, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture.
Normally, the food stamp program requires that dependent adults do not work with disabilities and have jobs. They can only receive benefits for three months from each 36-month period if they do not work or participate in training programs 20 hours a week. In 2018, there were 2.9 million such recipients, and almost 74% of them were not employed, the agency said.
The Department of Agriculture did not immediately return the request for comment.
States may waive employment requirements in areas where unemployment is at least 10% or there are insufficient jobs, as defined by the Ministry of Labor. The new rule would make it more difficult for states to obtain such exemptions by strengthening the definition of areas where there are not enough jobs, narrowing the geographical areas of failure and limiting their duration, among other provisions.
The move is one of three efforts by the Trump administration to revise the food stamp program.