Since taking office nearly three years ago, President Donald Trump has honored his commitment to putting more Americans back to work and making people less reliant on the federal government.
The Trump administration has been committed to rooting out fraud and those abusing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — otherwise known as food stamps.
Nearly six million Americans are off of food stamps because of Trump, but he just ramped things up even more — and Democrats are shell shocked given they can’t do anything about it.
Trump’s “America First” economic policies have been a resounding success, and a record 5,975,736 Americans are now off food stamps and less reliant on the federal government — which is a total nightmare for power-hungry Democrats.
When former President Barack Obama was in office, enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history.
At the Great Recession’s peak during Obama’s first term in office, enrollment in SNAP grew by 135 percent and cost taxpayers $78 billion.
More than 5.9 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump assumed office in February 2017, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The most up-to-date USDA data shows that 5,975,736 people discontinued using food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), between February 2017— when Trump completed his first full month in office— and September 2019.
Household participation in the food stamp program has gone down as well, with 2,493,912 households discontinuing their participation in SNAP, according to the USDA.
When Trump took office, 42,297,791 individuals and 20,937,903 households were enrolled in SNAP.
Now, there are currently 36,322,055 individuals and 18,443,991 households enrolled in the food stamp program. Still, USDA officials said those numbers are “preliminary” due to the 2018 government shutdown, which affected food stamp administration at the beginning of 2019.
Around 2014, food stamp enrollment plummeted after state legislatures passed work requirement reform measures to curb dependency on welfare, requiring food stamp recipients to work, volunteer, attend school, or receive job training for 20 hours per week.
In other words, Obama was doing nothing to reduce the total number of people in America who received food stamps — so individual states had to take matters into their own hands.
Trump is preparing to roll out another major action to combat this problem even more.
Last week, the Trump administration announced that it would finalize a rule change that could lead to 700,000 Americans losing food stamp benefits – but only if they refuse to comply with work requirements already in place on the federal level.
The new rule will only affect those who refuse to comply with work requirements already in place on the federal level.
The rule will change the rights states have to waive work requirements in times of “high unemployment,” which until now has been vaguely defined enough to allow many states to do so.
Now, however, only states with unemployment of six percent or more can waive the requirements for working at least 20 hours a week for able-bodied recipients ages 18-49.
The USDA said that about 688,000 people would lose access to food stamps under the new rules, saving the government an estimated $5.5 billion.
These numbers assume that people can’t or won’t comply with the new rules and find work.
Trump has made it a top priority to reduce the number of Americans who receive government benefits.
As part of his “America First” agenda, Trump has already created more than 7 million new jobs.
He’s helping people become more economically independent — and that’s the last thing Democrats want.