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Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work

Some 55 percent of families with kids that accept food stamp advantages were earning wages. The problem is, those salary aren't adequate to indeed live on.

Some 55 percent of families with kids that accept food stamp advantages were earning wages. The problem is, those salary aren't adequate to indeed live on.

When President Trump’s bill director, Mick Mulvaney, denounced a administration’s bill plans progressing this week, that calls for poignant cuts to food stamps, he remarkable that a aim of a bill was to get people working.

“If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need we to go to work. If you’re on incapacity word and you’re not ostensible to be — if you’re not truly disabled, we need we to go behind to work,” Mulvaney pronounced Tuesday.

But a existence is, many people (44 percent) who rest on SNAP — a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as food stamps is now famous — have during slightest one chairman in a family working, according to a latest total from a U.S. Department of Agriculture.

And when it comes to families on SNAP with kids, a infancy — 55 percent – were bringing home wages, according to USDA. The problem is, those salary aren’t adequate to indeed live on.

That jibes with what Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found in 2014 when it released Hunger in America, a extensive news on who uses food pantries and why. It found that 54 percent of a families who spin to pantries to assistance put food on a list have during slightest one member working, and that rate was many higher, 71 percent, for households with kids.

In fact, SNAP already requires robust adults but children to find a pursuit within 3 months and to work during slightest 20 hours a week within 3 months or remove their benefits. All told, about 42 million people accept SNAP benefits.

As it turns out, many of a operative bad who rest on SNAP advantages to get adequate to eat are indeed employed in a food industry. As we’ve reported, an research from University of California, Berkeley Labor Center found that 52 percent of fast-food workers are enrolled in, or have their families enrolled in, one or some-more open assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid or a Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Overall, Trump’s bill offer would condense $191 billion from SNAP’s bill over a subsequent decade. But many of a states where residents rest many heavily on food stamps are also states where support for a boss is strongest.

For instance, in West Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana, 1 out of 5 residents accept SNAP benefits, according to an research from a liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. All 3 states voted overwhelmingly for Trump final November.