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Trump Administration Seeks to Push More on Food Stamps to Work

  • USDA outlines proposals for nutrition aid, crop payments
  • Tighter ruless may be necessary to end dependence, Perdue says
An employee bags groceries for a customer at a checkout counter inside a Kroger Co. grocery store in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 14, 2017.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

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A Trump administration outline for farm legislation calls for pushing some food-stamp recipients back to work, a Republican priority that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says is necessary to discourage a “lifestyle” of government dependence.

“It’s evident that there are able-bodied adults without dependents who are on the food stamp program, who we believe it is in their best interests, and their families’ best interests, to move into an independent lifestyle,” Perdue told reporters Wednesday at an event on a farm outside Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. “During the last downturn, it became a lifestyle for some people. We don’t want it to become permanent.”