Comment Today to Stop the Trump Administration from Taking Away Food Assistance from Hard Working Americans
Submit Comment by 11:59 EST December 2nd, 2019
The Trump administration’s latest proposed rule change would cut program benefits by a total of $4.5 billion over the next five years. The rule change would standardize how states calculate households’ utility costs in determining the amount of SNAP benefits for which they qualify.
Under current law, states can accommodate for differences in utility costs and rates based on a state-specific Standard Utility Allowance (SUA). However, Trump’s proposed rule would cap SUA calculations across the country and thereby eliminating the flexibility the states have to calculate utility costs. The Trump Administration admits that 19 percent of SNAP households would receive lower SNAP monthly benefits as a result of this rule change, disproportionately impact older adults and people living with disabilities, and cut SNAP benefits by $4.5 billion over five years.
This is yet another example of the Administration side stepping Congress to make drastic reductions to SNAP benefits. Advocates will have until December 2nd to submit a public comment – visit Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) to submit a comment today. You can tailor this women’s community template to align with your organization’s mission or you can add to the uniqueness of your organizational comment by adding content from other templates, which are available here.
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