According to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), over 6.2 million people have stopped using food stamps since President Trump completed his first month in office.
The USDA’s most recently released data shows that 6,268,285 people have discontinued their use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – the country’s food stamp program – since February of 2017 when Trump completed his first full month as US president.
Both household and individual food stamp use has continually decreased since Obama’s second term in office when enrollment in the social program had reached its highest point in US history.
After the government program swelled to 47.6 million people in 2013, enrollment in SNAP declined significantly when state legislatures passed laws which required program recipients to attend school, work, volunteer or participate in job training to receive benefits.
Once President Trump assumed office, participation in the SNAP program dove even further. Since his first full month in office, 2.7 million households and 6.2 million individuals have discontinued their enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
As of today, preliminary reports from the USDA suggest that there are 36,029,506 individuals and 18,230,968 households enrolled in the SNAP program.
President Trump has mentioned that he would like to curb the country’s dependence on food stamps even further, while his proposed immigration reforms would only allow immigrants who are self-sufficient to come into the country.
“I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare,” Trump said.
The Trump administration has also instituted several policies that would close various loopholes which allow people to take advantage of the country’s generous food stamp program.
In July, the USDA released a proposal that would see a loophole which permits 3.1 million people who are already receiving non-cash welfare benefits to also receive food stamps through the SNAP program.
And, last month the Trump administration released a “public charge rule” that would deny those with a history of using welfare benefits of obtaining green cards.
Slowly but surely, Trump is making America’s policies sane again!