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.