A federal judge struck down Trump’s rule that would cut food stamps for nearly 700,000 unemployed Americans.

And Washington in Washington D.C. District Court Chief Justice Beryl Howell wrote, “The final rule in this lawsuit changes the regulatory practice of decades of contingency and abruptness, increasing the state’s food insecurity and food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans.” In a 67-page judgment, the agency said it did not adequately explain how the rule is consistent with federal laws or how it “makes sense”.

The lawsuit was filed in January by a coalition of lawyers from 19 states, including the District of Columbia and the District of New York City, challenging U.S.DA rules.
The rule, announced in December, will require more food stamp recipients to work to benefit by limiting states’ ability to waive existing work orders. It was supposed to take effect on April 1, but Havell stopped implementing it in mid-March, and Congress suspended work orders on the food stamp program that month as part of a coronavirus relief package.

The Department of Agriculture estimates that 8,688,000 non-disabled, working-age adults will receive their supplementary nutrition assistance program benefits or SNPs as a result of this requirement, as calculated before the epidemic. Could lose. It was expected to save 5. 5.5 billion in five years.

Food stamp registration has risen at the time of the outbreak, as millions of Americans lose their jobs. As of May, more than a million people have signed up for the benefit, according to the ruling.

About 43 million Americans are benefiting in the month of April, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture.

Hunger has risen amid economic turmoil wounded by the epidemic. According to Fooding America, a network of 200 food banks and more than 60,000 food pantries and food programs have joined the food distribution, distributing more than 1.9 billion meals between March and June.
As of mid-September, according to a Census Bureau survey, about seven adults live in homes that have not had enough to eat in the last seven days.

In normal times, the Food Stamp program must employ disabled, working-age adults without dependents. They can benefit for only three months out of every 36-month period unless they work 20 hours a week or participate in training programs. According to the agency, of these recipients in 2018 were 2.9 million people and about 74% of them were not employed.

The Department of Agriculture did not immediately return a request for comment.

As determined by the Department of Labor, states with an unemployment rate of at least 10% or an insufficient number of jobs can waive the need for work. The new rule would have made it harder for states to obtain waivers, among other provisions, by tightening the definition of areas where there are insufficient jobs, narrowing the geographical area of ​​waivers and limiting their duration.

The move is one of three attempts by the Trump administration to scrap the food stamp program.

The other proposed regulation, which would tighten the regime’s rules on who is eligible for assistance, could deprive more than 3 million people of their benefits and allow about 100,000,000 children free school meals. The third proposal would change how allowances for utility costs are calculated, which would have a mixed effect. The agency is still working on the next two proposals.