More than 750,000 people, many among the nation’s poorest, would likely lose their food stamps this year under a new rule proposed by the Trump administration.
The proposed rule aims to make more able-bodied adults work for government aid by placing limitations on a state’s ability to waive the current employment requirement for recipients.
According to NPR News, a public comment period that ended earlier this week brought in nearly 30,000 comments from people who were in opposition of the proposal.
The proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the formal name of the food stamps program, would reportedly affect able-bodied adults without dependents.
In 2016, almost 4 million people were reportedly receiving benefits under the program. Three million of those recipients were reportedly unemployed.
Karen Cunnyngham, a researcher at Mathematica, a policy research firm, told a House subcommittee on Wednesday that the average monthly income of recipients who would be affected by the changes amounts to $557, according to CNN. That figure amounts to just 43 percent of the poverty level
Congress struck down a work requirement similar to the Trump administration’s proposed rule last year. Democrats in Congress have threatened to take legal action against the administration if the rule takes effect later this year as intended.