Agriculture Secretary (and former welfare recipient) Sonny Perdue claimed that the Trump administration was helping to restore the “dignity” of hungry people by cutting their food stamps if they cannot find a job.
The Trump administration announced that it was toughening the requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in areas with high unemployment.
Perdue failed to mention that he is a former welfare recipient, which was noted by the Environmental Working Group in 2017:
U.S. Department of Agriculture records show that from 1996 to 2004, Perdue received more than $278,000 in federal farm subsidies.
Perdue defended the welfare cuts against poor people on Fox Business:
We’re hoping to facilitate people back into the workplace. Obviously Americans are generous, they’re compassionate. We had waivers.
This is become a way of life for some people, who have gotten the need during the Great Recession but have not gotten back into the workplace. So when you have more jobs than people — I mean, America needs workers. And this is to help facilitate them back to the dignity of work.
(Sources: Fox Business, Environmental Working Group)
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