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US: White House Backs Rule Change That Will End Food Stamps For 3 Million Americans

In another example of the Trump Administration using the bureaucracy to circumvent intransigent House Democrats, the Department of Agriculture is taking steps to cut food stamp benefits for 3 million Americans by limiting a state’s ability to automatically enroll residents who also receive welfare benefits.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the states “have misused this flexibility,” Bloomberg reports.

“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 added.

In a potential complication, the Department of Agriculture has proposed this rule change just as the Trump Administration is touting a deal with Congressional Democrats to lift spending caps as part of a compromise to raise the Debt Ceiling.

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