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Updated Aug. 27, 2019, 9:55 a.m. ET
The Trump administration is moving forward with a wave of new rules and regulations that would make it more difficult for low-income Americans — especially those in families that include non-citizens — to get government aid. NPR detailed many of the proposals in June, but there have been several developments since then.
Most of the proposed changes do not require congressional action. But opponents have vowed to fight several of them in court. Democrats in Congress are also trying to prevent the administration from implementing some of the new rules by cutting off funds.
President Trump has justified his actions by saying that he wants those receiving government help to become more self-sufficient and to move into the workforce, especially with unemployment at a near-record low. He issued an executive order last year calling on all federal agencies to help reduce poverty "by promoting opportunity and economic mobility." He directed agencies to streamline existing welfare programs, strengthen work requirements and make sure that taxpayer money is spent on "those who are truly in need."
Anti-poverty advocates counter that the 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. Opponents also argue that some of the changes are intended to restrict legal immigration, something the administration has been unable to do through legislation.
Here's the latest on some of the main proposals:
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
- 70 Mayors Reject Trump Food Stamp Proposal, Saying It Puts Kids At Risk
- 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
- Trump Administration Rule Would Penalize Immigrants For Needing Benefits
- A New Trump Rule Could Weaken A Civil Rights Era Housing Discrimination Law
- Proposed Rule Could Evict 55,000 Children From Subsidized Housing
- Federal Judge Again Blocks States' Work Requirements For Medicaid
- Trump Administration Backs Off Adding Citizenship Question To Census
- GOP Redistricting Strategist Played Role In Push For Census Citizenship Question
- Labor Department Rethinking Obama-Era Overtime Pay Rule
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