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the trump administration is proposing new rules that could cut off some three million Americans from the nation's food stamp program president trump's department of agriculture said on Tuesday it wants to dramatically tighten access to the supplemental nutrition assistance program or snap which offers free food to about forty million low income Americans a move critics say maybe more about twenty twenty politics than policy the measure targets families receiving other government aid in forty three states around the US the wonder current law automatically qualify to receive food stamps as well the new rule would require such people to be screened for income and assets before they can receive food stamp benefits president trump has long insisted that many Americans using snap don't actually need the program given the strong U. S. economy we've created more than six million new jobs more than seven , Americans have been lifted off of food stamps think of that , the statement secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue said the move would stop widespread abuse of the program despite that claim the twenty eighteen Congressional Research Service report found that snap fraud is quote relatively rare the USDA said the rule change would save about two point five billion dollars a year but Democrats such as senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan are already pushing back saying it will take food away from families advocates for the poor are planning a vigorous campaign against the new rule arguing the trump administration is trying to bypass Congress in play to its Republican Bates Wall Street worries the move could actually hurt the economies discount retail sector driving down sales at stores like dollar general in dollar tree the proposal will undergo a sixty day public comment period and cannot take affect until those comments are reviewed