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Trump Administration Revises S.N.A.P. qualifications

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Despite record-low unemployment rates, 36-million Americans currently receive government assistance to buy food.

But a new rule from the Trump administration is changing how food stamp recipients will qualify. 

"It's going to be a huge impact on a lot of folks across the nation... the intent is to move food stamp recipients toward what I consider, to be self-sufficiency and allowing them the opportunity to help encourage them to enter and stay in the job market, " Eddie McBride, the President and C.E.O of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, said.

Now, in order to qualify for benefits, recipients must work at least 20 hours a week. The rule does not apply to elderly applicants, children, people with disabilities, families or pregnant women. 

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) released a statement commending the move saying in part:
"these new work requirements aren't just about being good stewards of taxpayer dollars, they're about giving people a way out of generational poverty and into a brighter future of self-reliance and prosperity." 

Previous to the revision, states could waive S.N.A.P. requirements.

Texas is not affected by the regulation change, but the Lubbock areadoes struggle with having more jobs than there are people to fill them.

"We're wide open for business in Texas. It's been a huge growth for us, both from a new business perspective as well as attracting again, the people from all over the United States to Texas," McBride said.

With no state income tax and fewer state regulations, Texas has a pro-business environment, perfect for creating jobs.

But Texas does have a "skill gap", so the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce has worked to create a "pipeline" that prepares the next generation for jobs. 

"It's a never-ending battle, on trying to make sure we recognize those new growth opportunities. Not only in new businesses but expanding opportunities," Mcbride said.

The S.N.A.P. revision is expected to save 8.4 billion dollars a year. 

The administration claims record unemployment and surplus jobs means more people can find work and get off the government assistance.

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