Trump Admin Mulls Mandatory Drug Testing for Food Stamp Recipients

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a plan that would allow states to require mandatory drug-testing for certain food stamp recipients.

The proposal would target roughly 5 percent of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

An official speaking anonymously explained that the proposal is another step in the administration’s push to allow states more flexibility in implementing federal programs for the poor. The proposal would also allow states to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients.

The move would undoubtedly be welcomed by conservative lawmakers seeking to cut benefits for able-bodied recipients and those seeking some specialized jobs. While federal law bars states from imposing their own conditions for food stamp eligibility, at least 20 states have introduced legislation to screen safety net program participants in some capacity, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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