In April President Trump issued an executive order regarding welfare reform. It required the USDA to update rules for people receiving benefits. It also instructed them toinvest in workforce development programs. And while food stamp enrollment has been declining since before he took office, the amount of people getting off the program is staggering.
2.2 million fewer people are enrolled in food stamps since President Trump took office. That’s the lowest point in eight years. This is mainly due to Trump’s efforts. In March 2018 enrollment stood at 40,083,954.
“The USDA announced in March that it hired an “integrity officer” to bolster the administration’s efforts to prevent fraud in the country’s SNAP program and announced in February the rollout of its “Harvest Box” program to give food stamp recipients a box of food as part of their monthly benefits package.
“The House and Senate are also working on an updated Farm Bill that would include an expansion of workforce-development programs designed to bolster job-training. The House version of the bill includes a provision that would require able-bodied adults ages 18 to 59 who receive food stamp benefits to work, enroll in job training, or look for work under the supervision of a case manager.
“The most up-to-date version of the Senate bill, however, does not include these work requirements.
“The Trump administration’s latest effort to reform SNAP may change how the federal government administers welfare programs, which in turn, may affect how many people stay enrolled in food stamps. A report released Wednesday revealed that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking to move welfare programs such as SNAP and other safety-net programs under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”
This is great news for the American taxpayer.