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USDA Restores Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life

USDA Restores Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life
With record low unemployment, USDA finalizes rule to promote work

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.

“Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. Government can be a powerful force for good, but government dependency has never been the American dream. We need to encourage people by giving them a helping hand but not allowing it to become an indefinitely giving hand,” said Secretary Perdue. “Now, in the midst of the strongest economy in a generation, we need everyone who can work, to work. This rule lays the groundwork for the expectation that able-bodied Americans re-enter the workforce where there are currently more job openings than people to fill them.”

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More from Secretary Perdue can be found in his Arizona Daily Star op-edThe dignity of work and the American Dream.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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