The Trump Administration Returned This Week to Wage Yet Another Backdoor Attack on Poor & Working Class Americans
This week, the Trump Administration issued another proposed rule that would make it harder for Americans to put food on the table. T his is the Trump Administration's third proposal just this year to cut Americans off from necessary food assistance by rigging the rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Taken together, the three proposals have the potential to inflict far-reaching and  significant harm on California,  given that more than 3.8 million Californians rely on SNAP (known as CalFresh in California) to meet their basic food needs.

"It is unconscionable that for the third time this year, the Trump administration is proposing to cut vital food assistance for low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities," said Jared Call of California Food Policy Advocates. "In the wealthiest country in the world, no one should have to go hungry or face the impossible choice between feeding their family and keeping their electricity on and home heated."

The latest proposed rule, if finalized, would take away state flexibility in  adjusting how SNAP's benefit levels  are adjusted for utility expenses and instead impose a more uniform national standard. The Trump Administration has estimated that the change would reduce SNAP benefits for 25% of participating Californians and would cut federal SNAP funding by $4.5 billion over five years . CFPA will be sharing an updated impact analysis soon. As with other proposed rules, the Trump Administration's estimates likely do not take into account the full range of harm carried by the proposed policy change.

Read our California partners' joint statement opposing the new rule here.  link

What's Ahead: Opportunities for Action

There is a sixty day public comment period for the latest proposed rule. We hope you will reach out to your networks to generate comments against the proposed rule by the December 2 deadline.  CF PA and our partners will be sharing California-specific model comments and tools to facilitate comment submission soon.  T he previous proposed rules received a combined 200,000 comments from food banks, policy advocates, legal services, faith based organizations, unions, business leaders and government officials from across the country. CFPA would like to thank those who submitted comments opposing the proposed rule. We expect a similarly robust response to this harmful proposal and will continue to fight alongside you against the ongoing attacks of the Trump Administration.  Please stay tuned for more updates and opportunities for action. 

Questions?  Contact Jared Call