Federal judge strikes down Trump's plan to end food stamps for 700,000 out of work Americans


In a 67-page ruling, a federal judge described Trump’s plan to deny food stamps to nearly 700,000 unemployed Americans as “arbitrary and capricious,” according to The Washington Post.

A coalition of attorneys general from 19 states, the District of Columbia and the City of New York filed a lawsuit in January, challenging the USDA rule to block a rule that would have stripped them of the ability to extend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to people who were not working.

Judge Beryl Howell, of the US District Court in Washington, said Trump’s plan “radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving States scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans.”

The Post additionally reports that New York Attorney General Letitia James called the decision “a win for common sense and basic human decency,” adding that the rule “would have not only made it harder for thousands to feed their families and risk them going hungry, but would have exacerbated the public health crisis we face and the economic recession we are still in the midst of under President Trump.”