If approved, it would not be the first time drug testing was used in a safety net program. They may finally get their wish.
Bush says a drug test requirement is an "easy sell" and perpetuates the myth of SNAP recipients being freeloaders.
The policy the Trump administration is considering only makes sense if the aim is to make people feel bad about needing help to buy food.More news: "Novichok" scientist: It was idiocy using it in UK
"Are people losing their food assistance if they don't take the test, and in that case, is that a condition of eligibility, which the states aren't allowed to impose?"
"Drug testing has been tried quite a bit and it has failed".
A federal court upheld this decision.
Direct overtures to the executive branch have also gone unheeded. His administration is considering a plan to allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing. It also wants to allow states to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients and has found support among GOP governors who argue greater state control saves money and reduces dependency. It wouldn't apply to everyone who gets food stamps - people with disabilities or with children would not be drug tested, according to the report.More news: House Speaker Paul Ryan on leaving Congress: "Nothing trumps my family"
That might seem like a small percentage.
In sampling opinions around uptown, NBC Charlotte spoke with Josh Williams who said he has already been booted out of the food stamp program.
USDA officials noted that SNAP, which is responsible for $70 billion in spending each year, had more than 16 million able-bodied adult participants in 2016. "We can and we must do a better job of moving these individuals to self-sufficiency", Perdue wrote.
Congress is considering requiring them to work 20 hours per week to get the benefits. "It's just a smear to create an impression that will make it more likely that they'll be able to cut the program". The bill effectively ends the waiver.More news: Toys 'R' Us gets US$890m bid for US-Canada stores
It is unclear when, or if USDA will announce the drug testing policy. That ruling said testing would be costly and cumbersome. "If they've been caught using drugs before".