As Coronavirus Threatens to Impact Jobs and Economy, Maloney calls on Trump Administration to Drop New Work Requirement Rule for SNAP and Protect Access to Food for New York Families
As Coronavirus Threatens to Impact Jobs and Economy, Maloney Calls on Trump Administration to Drop New Work Requirement Rule for SNAP and Protect Access to Food for New Yorkers
Washington, D.C. – As many individuals and families face economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called on Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to urge him against implementing the Trump Administration’s new work requirement rule for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
If implemented, an estimated 700,000 could lose access to the food assistance program. Moreover, during the current public health crisis, an escalated number of Americans are likely to lose benefits as their employers cut hours during this pandemic-induced economic slow-down, and may need to rely on the federal food assistance program in the coming months.
“The Trump Administration’s work requirement rule was already a cruel attack on folks who rely on SNAP, but now we know even more Americans will be relying on this food assistance program as the coronavirus impacts jobs and the economy. The new rule must be dropped before it hurts New Yorkers,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
Read the letter here or below:
March 13, 2020
The Honorable Sonny Perdue
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250
Dear Secretary Perdue,
I write today to strongly urge you against implementing the Administration’s new rule pertaining to SNAP benefits for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) set to take effect on April 1, 2020. As you know, this rule will significantly limit the number of individuals qualified for SNAP benefits by significantly heightening work requirements for these individuals -- even during the current public health crisis caused by COVID-19.
An estimated 700,000 individuals -- and nearly 98,000 New York residents -- will lose access to critical food security as a result of this rule. In the face of COVID-19, more Americans are likely to lose benefits as their employers cut hours during this pandemic-induced economic slow down. As their representative in Congress, I must implore you to preserve access for hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Your timely response and action to my request are appreciated.
Sean Patrick Maloney
MEMBER OF CONGRESS