Here's who's getting kicked off of food stamps with the US debt ceiling deal

The Trump administration is instituting a rule that will require Americans ages 50 to 54 to prove they are working to get uninterrupted food stamp benefits.

Here's who's getting kicked off of food stamps with the US debt ceiling deal

The US debt deal, which has passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting Senate approval, will remove some Americans' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), also known as food stamps. It will add others.

Currently, adults aged 18-49 without children are only eligible to receive SNAP benefits if they work a weekly minimum of 20 minutes. The current debt ceiling deal

This extends to

Age range up to 55.

Veterans, homeless people, and young adults who are transitioning from the foster care system will be exempted.

SNAP eligibility requirements. Democrats blocked

Republican attempts to put Medicaid work requirements. Both programs should be expanded.


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History of Work Requirements

Work Requirements for Government Assistance

Nomi Sifer, assistant director of the Center for Antiracist Research, says that they have a history dating back to Middle Ages. In the US, their history is particularly racist. People who benefited from slavery

We were able extend that

They vilified enslaved African Americans for being lazy and unwilling workers.

Black mothers were not allowed to attend school in the early and late 20th centuries.

Mother's pension

Funds using work requirements. A 1931 survey revealed that the work requirements were not met.

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The program was dominated by white women (pdf).

What the work requirements do and don't actually do

Most people are unaware of the existence of the vast majority who are

Not working

Matt Bruenig is the founder of People's Policy Project. He analyzed Census poverty data to determine that this group of people cannot work or shouldn't be working. This group

The term primarily includes

Children, students, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

People are not prevented from accepting competitive jobs by work requirements. Instead, they try to solve an issue that does not exist: the false notion that government assistance keeps people from working. Welfare recipients also struggle to keep pace with the bureaucracy.


Matt Darling is a fellow in employment policy at the Niskanen Center.


Who should study?

The effects of winning the Lottery (pdf) found that for every $100 in unearned income, recipients' earned income decreased by

They didn't reduce their work by as much as they could, because they only received $11. Researchers in Sweden discovered that winning $140,000 at a lottery increased the likelihood that someone would not work by 2%.

In reality, welfare programs that are poorly designed and reduce benefits as income increases actually cause more harm than good.

Keep poor people from seeking better jobs

They are trapped in poverty.

The Congressional Budget Office found that by studying the debt ceiling deal and the concessions made to vulnerable groups by the Democrats, the deal would increase SNAP participation on net 78,000. Anti-hunger groups

Don't Think

The increased eligibility will translate to greater access to food, without additional funding for the local and state agencies that administer these benefits.

This is a food benefit. Rep. Jim McCord (D-MA), Rep. Jim McGovern, said that moving the chairs and saying you get food but you don't is not a convincing argument.

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