President Trump weighing drug testing for food stamps

President Trump weighing drug testing for food stamps

Conservatives supporting ways to cut back on food stamps may find one in a plan that would allow states to require certain recipients to undergo drug testing.

The proposal would target those who are able-bodied without dependents.

Federal law bars states from imposing their own conditions on food stamp eligibility.

McGovern, who has dedicated much of his work in Washington to fighting hunger, said he thinks it's an "awful idea" to require even some of those benefitting from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - known as food stamps - to pass drug tests, arguing that it promotes an inaccurate stereotype that most people on public assistance use drugs.

Coastal Bend residents had mixed opinions about the proposal to require food stamp applicants to take a drug test. When Florida tried to implement a version of drug testing for benefits, researchers actually found that people who use food stamps are less likely to use drugs than the rest of the population.

In December, Walker began moving ahead with a workaround, drug testing participants in the state's Employment and Training Program who also received food stamps.

Under Conaway's proposal, about a million people are expected to disappear from SNAP over 10 years, because they will get better-paying jobs, they won't work enough hours, or they'll drop out of the training program. "I just came from probation and parole where I passed a drug test", Williams said.

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In states where drug testing for welfare recipients has been successfully implemented, the success of such programs, especially when measured against their cost, remains the subject of dispute. Emails obtained by the AP, however, "suggest that a plan could be forthcoming", the news outlet noted.

For an officer to do this or to seize your property they need probable cause; in this case, a reason to force someone to take a drug test.

If approved, it would not be the first time drug testing was used in a safety net program. The bulk of the bill's spending goes toward funding SNAP, which often proves the most contentious part of negotiations; late last month, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., issued a statement on behalf of Democrats denouncing "extreme, partisan policies being advocated by the majority".

Drug testing would not be an entirely new frontier for SNAP. Bolen said. "And does drug testing fall into what's allowable under a state training and employment program, which typically lists things like job search or education or on-the-job experience? This is kind of a different bucket".

"It's great to see that the administration is putting a focus on structuring programs to encourage Americans to enter the workforce and pursue job opportunities", he said.

The anti-hunger group Food Research and Action Center said "harsh SNAP eligibility limits" will bring "greater poverty and hunger" to poor Americans rather than Conaway's vision of a helping hand.

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