New York City, 14 States Sue Trump Administration Over SNAP Changes

Peter Haskell
January 16, 2020 - 5:52 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are among a group of states suing the Trump administration over its plans to cut back on the food stamp program known as SNAP.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports, if the regulation goes through, nearly 700,000 Americans will lose benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The rule will deny access to food assistance for more than 50,000 people in New York City.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James says the people who are a part of the program often are people who want to work, but are underemployed or underpaid.

“For them, getting SNAP benefits is often the difference between eating or going hungry,” she explains.

James calls this decision “cruel to its core.”

Meanwhile, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine says the move it's also illegal.

He notes the United States Department of Agriculture “is seeking to mandate rules that Congress has specifically rejected – the Trump administration is attempting an end-run around congress.”

The suit is being joined by 13 other states and New York City. The lawsuit aims to keep the new rules from taking effect on April 1.