President Donald Trump might allow states to require drug testing for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
According to the Associated Press, the plan would affect only a sliver of food stamp recipients who were able-bodied, seeking certain specialized jobs, and didn’t have dependents.
That was only about 5 percent of the recipients, an administration official reportedly said.
On Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order directing his administration to, among other things, improve employment outcomes and economic independence for welfare recipients.
“Unfortunately, many of the programs designed to help families have instead delayed economic independence, perpetuated poverty, and weakened family bonds,” the order said.
It argued that the federal government should “do everything within its authority to empower individuals by providing opportunities for work, including by investing in federal programs that are effective at moving people into the workforce and out of poverty.”
Just before former President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012, Trump lamented the number of people on food stamps during that time:
47M on food stamps. Over 23M Americans unemployed. 50% of college grads unemployed. And Obama wants us talking about Big Bird.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2012
As the AP noted, the administration also considered allowing states to apply stricter work requirements to food stamps.