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Excerpt: "The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require mandatory drug testing for some food stamp recipients."

Groceries in a cart. (photo: AP)
Groceries in a cart. (photo: AP)


Trump Administration Is Considering Allowing Mandatory Drug Testing for Food Stamp Recipients

By Juliet Linderman and Jonathan Lemire, Time

12 April 18

 

he Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require mandatory drug testing for some food stamp recipients.

If adopted, the plan would give a win to conservatives seeking to cut the safety net program.

An administration official briefed on the plan says it would be narrowly targeted, applying mostly to people who are able-bodied, without dependents and seeking some specialized jobs. The official says roughly 5 percent of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could be affected.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

The drug testing proposal is another step in the administration’s push to allow states more flexibility in implementing federal programs for the poor. It also wants to allow states to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients.


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+6 # ddd-rrr 2018-04-12 10:04
This is just more disgusting "'Bublican shit"!

The 'Bublican way: welfare for the wealthy, but NOT for the poor!

It’s time to "clean house" WITH OUR VOTES!
 
 
+4 # PCPrincess 2018-04-12 10:45
This is nothing more than a way to force more people to work for slave wages - Period. In fact, I'm certain the local businesses that will 'partner' with the government on this will be joyous and won't mind at all having more people require food stamps (SNAP). More cheap labor, yay!
 
 
+12 # hkatzman 2018-04-12 11:55
Why not drug testing also for those receiving tax breaks and government subsidies?
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2018-04-13 13:04
Quoting hkatzman:
Why not drug testing also for those receiving tax breaks and government subsidies?

- someday! when we all stop collectively holding our breath? dems need A PLAN to counter repuke tax cuts? WHAT COULD BE BETTER?

at a minimum, the plan should include 1) REVERSING TAX CUTS FOR BMILLIONAIRES, 2) ENDING ALL LOOPHOLES AND SUBSIDIES FOR CORPORATIONS, THAT IS A "TRUE FREE MARKET" ENDING ALL CORPORATE WELFARE - NO MORE FUCKING HANDOUTS! - EVERYBODY PAYS 21% ON PROFITS AFTER EXPENSES OR TAKES HIS FUCKING CORPORATION ELSEWHERE! for example the oil depletion allowance is not an actual expense - IT MUST GO!

when do progressives get to primary dems ON ISSUES? when do dems take on OUTRAGEOUS TAX CUTS?
 
 
0 # Carol R 2018-04-15 10:14
This is totally the work of Pence. Here is an article written while he was governor of Indiana. Life for poverty level people is already too difficult. None of them need the outrageous steps that the GOP wants to set up. I live in Indiana and it has NEVER been an economic success story.
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Want Food Stamps in Indiana? Get Ready to Work

Nov. 18, 2014
by Fox News Insider

The state of Indiana is reinstating rules that require food stamp recipients who are able-bodied, single and without dependents to work at least 20 hours a week.
These rules could cut off 65,000 recipients when they go into effect next year, which leaves some questioning if the state can handle the wave of new job seekers.

Gov. Mike Pence told Brian Kilmeade this morning on "Fox and Friends" that Indiana is an economic success story, with a dropping unemployment rate and a growing labor force.

"We just thought it was very important to go back to a core principle of welfare reform," Pence said. "For able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps, they have to be working for 20 hours a week or participating for 20 hours a week in one of our job-training programs."
He added that there are many available jobs in Indiana, and the state wants to partner with people in their own success.
 

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