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PA Attorney General’s Office, January 16, 2020

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today launched a new fight with 15 Attorneys General and New York City in a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from eliminating food assistance for nearly 700,000 Americans. The lawsuit, filed in D.C., challenges a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that would limit states’ ability to extend benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as “food stamps,” beyond a three-month period for certain adults. AG Shapiro and his counterparts assert that the rule directly undermines Congress’ intent for the food-stamp program, and that the USDA violated the federal rulemaking process. Further, they argue that the rule would impose significant regulatory burdens on the states and harm states’ residents and economies. The coalition is urging the court to declare the rule unlawful and issue an injunction to prevent it from taking effect.

“80,000 individuals, from Cambria to Philadelphia counties, will be affected by this rule,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “The rule punishes people in both rural and urban communities just because there aren’t always enough jobs. People already suffer when jobs disappear—needlessly taking away access to food only punishes them further. I’m proud to stand with my colleague Attorneys General to defend all Pennsylvanians from this cruel and illegal effort.”

SNAP has served as the country’s primary response to hunger since 1977, and a critical part of federal and state efforts to help lift people out of poverty. The program provides access to nutrition for millions of Americans with limited incomes who would otherwise struggle with food insecurity….

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