USDA Official Calms SNAP Recipients About Proposed Cuts


This spring, the Department of Agriculture is planning to tighten work requirements for a large segment of food stamp users.

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Ja'Ron Smith is with the Department of Agriculture says the change is expected to remove 688,000 people from SNAP benefits. Speaking at the City Club, Cleveland native and Trump Administration official Ja'Ron Smith said, not to worry, the unemployment rate is low, and the economy is improving. He said budgets go up and down, the Trump Administration is focusing on outcomes.

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If they go into effect, the tightened requirements are expected to save the federal government $5.5 billion over five years.

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Critics claim reducing access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and leave many vulnerable Americans to deal with hunger on their own, and call this a frustrating setback for a program which had enjoyed bipartisan support.


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