Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Rule to Slash SNAP Benefits

December 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the Trump Administration issued a final rule that increases onerous work requirements for hungry Americans relying on the lifeline of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and weakens states’ ability to provide food assistance in high-unemployment areas, and threatens the benefits of millions, including 688,000 within the first month:

“Today’s announcement showcases the Trump Administration’s complete and devastating disregard for the health and well-being of millions of Americans.  Their cynical effort to perpetuate false perceptions of low-income Americans is out-of-touch and callous, and stands in direct opposition to the bipartisan, bicameral will of the Congress, which has repeatedly rejected similar attacks on working Americans and instead passed a strong Farm Bill that bolsters rural communities and critical nutrition initiatives.

“SNAP is the country’s most effective anti-hunger initiative, providing a critical lifeline to more than 36 million hard-working Americans across the nation.  Yet, instead of combating food insecurity for millions, connecting workers to good-paying jobs or addressing income inequality, the Administration is inflicting their draconian rule on millions of Americans across the nation who face the highest barriers to employment and economic stability.  At the same time, the Trump Administration’s flouting of Congress’s will sadly puts on display its anti-government, anti-science and anti-truth agenda.

“Absent Democratic support, the last three Farm Bills would have never passed Congress: a testament to our unwavering commitment to both farm communities and food-insecure Americans.  House Democrats unequivocally oppose this hurtful and dangerous rule and will continue to safeguard SNAP to ensure all Americans can put food on the table.  We will honor our values of dignity and opportunity for all as we deliver on our promises For The People.”