Trump’s USDA Continues the Fight For Work Requirements During Pandemic

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Last week, a federal judge blocked the Trump regime's attempt to end states' rights to waive work requirements for enrollment in their food stamp programs. Citing the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. District Judge Judge Beryl Howell wrote that maintaining state flexibility would be essential.

Now, as tens of thousands of Americans are losing their jobs because of the virus, the Trump regime is continuing the fight to end waivers and impose more work requirements.

The Department of Agriculture says they're appealing the ruling.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department said Wednesday that it would appeal a judge's ruling that it would be "arbitrary and capricious" to move forward during a global health crisis with food stamp changes that could force hundreds of thousands from the program. [...]

On Wednesday, an Agriculture Department spokesperson responded to an Associated Press query with a terse email saying only that "USDA disagrees with the court's reasoning and will appeal its decision."

The good news is Congress is poised to pass a stimulus package in response to the coronavirus which will end the Department of Agriculture's ability to purge people from the rolls because of work requirements.

Regardless, whoever is calling the shots and demanding they press ahead with this challenge at a time like this is evidently a lizard in a human suit. That would be Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue, I presume.

  • muselet

    “USDA disagrees with the court’s reasoning and will appeal its decision.”

    The Trump administration—USDA is not an independent actor here—wants to make those people suffer because Donald Trump thinks that will help his reelection.

    The calculation is cold-blooded: Trump and his campaign believe this will be a base-mobilization election, and nothing energizes his base like owning the libs. The people hurt don’t matter; they aren’t likely to vote for Dear Leader.

    The appeal won’t hit the appellate court before the stimulus bill is passed and this insanity is rendered moot (one fervently hopes)—alas, giving Dear Leader months to screech and wail about very liberal judges, very unfair, before November—but lives will be disrupted in the meantime, in a time of great uncertainty and fear.

    The cruelty is the point.


    • Christopher Foxx

      nothing energizes his base like owning the libs

      Because nothing else matters to his base.

      Improving their own lives? Having medical coverage? Having more secure jobs? Don’t care. They’ve shown they will happily, hell, they’ll insist on making things worse for themselves if it makes frustrates a “lib” in some way.

      They’d happily cut their own arm off if it means they can revel in a “lib” getting a paper cut.

  • gescove

    I keep hoping that the silver lining in this crisis (along with all the other bumbling failures and inhumane policies of this administration) is that the Republicans are revealed for the death cult they truly are. Then I see Trump’s approval ratings by the MAGAts and shake my head in disbelief.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Write the MAGAs off. Stop expecting them to see anything like reason. They are insistently ignorant.

      They’ve repeatedly shown that they are irredeemable. Write ’em off, move on.