By Mary Margaret Olohan
Roughly 6.3 million Americans have dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump’s first month in office.
In February 2017, the first month after Trump took office, 42,297,791 persons were participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As of June 2019, 36,029,506 persons were participating in the program.
Similarly, 20,937,903 households were participating in the program in February 2017–a number that slimmed down to 18,230,968 by June 2019, revealing that 2,706,935 households dropped out of the food stamps program since Trump took office.
Under the Obama administration as part of a 2009 stimulus package, states were allowed to waive work requirements for food stamps, and the number of childless adults on food stamps doubled.
The number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010 when President Barack Obama signed his stimulus bill and suspended a rule under the 1996 Welfare Reform Law that regulated how long able-bodied adults without dependents could collect food stamps.
“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in September 2012.
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