Statement of CSPI Policy Associate Cassie Ramos

Nearly 40 million Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, to help maintain healthy diets. But this important nutrition program and its recipients have been under assault by President Trump since day one. That assault is set to continue tomorrow with a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture which, by the agency’s own estimate, will kick nearly three-quarters of a million low-income Americans out of the program. This regulation will enforce onerous work requirements for certain SNAP recipients, dealing a huge blow to those who navigate uncertain job prospects during difficult economic times.

As a practical matter, for those impacted it will mean less nutritious meals, or meals that are skipped altogether. It’s another act of cold and brutish cruelty from an administration that goes out of its way to sabotage the already-sparse safety net for the most vulnerable Americans.