STATEMENT: Trump Administration Rule Change on SNAP for Able-Bodied Adults is Wrong

December 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding a Trump administration’s Rule Change for out-of-work or under-employed SNAP benefit recipients:

“Today’s announcement by the Trump Administration to cut food assistance benefits to as many as 700,000 Californians is cruel and inhumane. The proposed rule ignores the local needs of Californians and removes state flexibility currently allowed under existing law and guidance as it relates to able-bodied adults.

“The outcome of this reckless decision will make it harder for adults on the brink of homelessness to get the food they need and is the latest in a series of federal decisions to limit access to food for impoverished families across America. The only result of such a decision is that more Americans will go hungry.”


Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins:

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