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If you're poor or low-income in the U.S. and use government safety net programs, you could be affected by a number of new rules and actions proposed by the Trump administration. Most of the changes are still pending, and anti-poverty groups are trying to stop them from going into effect. Some of the proposals already face legal challenges.
President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to get more people off government aid and into the workforce so they can become self-sufficient. To help do that, he issued an executive order last year to reduce poverty "by promoting opportunity and economic mobility."
In it, Trump called on federal agencies to streamline existing welfare programs, strengthen work requirements and make sure that taxpayer money is spent on "those who are truly in need."
But anti-poverty advocates say the administration's proposals would hurt, rather than help, poor Americans. They say it will make it more difficult for those trying to become self-sufficient by denying them food, housing and medical assistance when they need it most.
"They really are trying to use every agency to make life harder for people who are low-income," says Elizabeth Lower-Basch, director of income and work supports at the Center for Law and Social Policy.
Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs, which represents about 100 anti-poverty groups nationwide, calls the volume of proposals targeting the safety net "head spinning."
Here are some of the main proposals and their status:
Medicaid work requirement
Census citizenship question
- Trump Signs Farm Bill, Backs Rule Sidestepping Congress On More Work For Food Stamps
- More Than 750,000 Could Lose Food Stamps Under Trump Administration Proposal
- Consumer Protection Bureau Aims To Roll Back Rule For Payday Lending
- Payday Loans And Debt Traps
- Trump Administration Considering Changes That Would Redefine The Poverty Line
- Fear Of Deportation Or Green Card Denial Deters Some Parents From Getting Kids Care
- Proposed Rule Could Evict 55,000 Children From Subsidized Housing
- Federal Judge Again Blocks States' Work Requirements For Medicaid
- GOP Redistricting Strategist Played Role In Push For Census Citizenship Question
- Labor Department Rethinking Obama-Era Overtime Pay Rule
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