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US district court blocks SNAP eligibility cuts

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 16:48:39-04

LANSING, Mich. — The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has permanently blocked an effort by the Trump administration to revoke SNAP eligibility for more than 700,000 unemployed Americans, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday.

Multiple states, including Michigan, challenged a new rule back in January from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would have severely limited states’ flexibility to provide food assistance to individuals struggling to find work.

The states argued that the rule change violated the federal rulemaking process, contradicted law and Congress’s intent for SNAP and lacked a sound rationale.

“SNAP was specifically created to help Americans struggling with food insecurity and as we continue to navigate this pandemic, this assistance is more important than ever,” Nessel said. “Instead of helping Americans at a time when so many are facing hardships, the Trump administration chose to cruelly revoke vital food assistance that thousands of Michigan residents rely on. This is an important victory in favor of human decency.”