Nancy Pelosi on Welfare & Poverty

Democratic Representative (CA-8)


Instead of draconian rules, combat food insecurity

Hundreds of thousands of Americans who rely on the federal food stamp program will lose their benefits under a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements for recipients. The plan will limit states from exempting work-eligible adults from having to maintain steady employment in order to receive benefits. The Agriculture Department estimates the change would save roughly $5.5 billion over five years and cut benefits for roughly 688,000 SNAP recipients.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the Trump administration's efforts to reduce public benefits. "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," Pelosi said in a statement.

Source: Chicago Tribune interview on Trump Administration , Dec 5, 2019

Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients.

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