Kaptur Statement on Trump Administration SNAP Final Rule Regarding Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

December 10, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its finalized rule for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regarding Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs), a decision that could impact 700,000 Americans. The rule will restrict a states’ ability to waive SNAP’s three-month time limit in areas with insufficient jobs. This new calculation is punitive and will see nearly 88% of ABAWDs hurt by the Trump Administration. 


“For the holidays, the Trump Administration continues its war on working families by taking food out of the mouths of vulnerable Americans,” said Rep Kaptur. “The new SNAP ruling shows the 1.38 million hardworking Ohioans who participate in SNAP that this Administration is not interested in helping them. According to USDA’s Economic Research Service, the prevalence of food insecurity in Ohio (13.7 percent) was higher than the national average (12.3 percent) in 2017. In Ohio alone, we could see 4,000 recipients lose food assistance. That is substantial and we cannot let our neighbors starve on the account of a negligent Administration.”


“In the 2018, Republicans tried to pass the same rule in the Farm Bill. However, the House and Senate overwhelming passed the bill with the measure’s rejection. I will work with my colleagues over these next few months to ensure this measure does not go into effect in April. I strongly encourage my colleagues in the Senate to follow suit, and understand the rule is harmful to the sick, learning disabled, mentally ill, and/or citizens who lack basic transportation – those we take an oath to protect and serve. I will continue to fulfill my Constitutional obligation as a cosponsor of the Protect the SNAP Act.


“President Trump believes because he and his wealthy cohorts benefited from his tax cuts, that the rest of America did as well. That is simply not the case. Wealth disparity in the U.S. remains high, and those who suffer will continue to suffer under this Administration with these kinds of policy changes. This is an outright attack on our minority communities who live in disproportionate income regions, and our rural community workers who could see their jobs go overseas and be left without a safety net.


“This year, House Democrats passed $71 billion in funding for SNAP in the FY20 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This was with the promise that we help serve those who endure the challenge of food insecurity. As an appropriator, I take my duty to fund vital programs such as SNAP personally. We must not allow the continued malfeasance and inhumanity of this Administration to hurt those who truly need assistance. We must be better.”