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Biden Nixes Trump-Era Food Stamps Policy, Will Keep 3 Million People Living on Taxpayer Dime

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A Trump-era proposal to close a food stamp program loophole has been killed by the Biden administration.

This is the second time in the early months of the Biden administration that former President Donald Trump’s efforts to trim the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have been overturned.

Earlier this year, the Biden administration rejected a rule that would have required more food stamp recipients to be working to obtain benefits.

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Now, the Biden administration has scrapped a 2019 proposal that sought to end the ability of states to set their own income and assets limits for the program by getting an exemption from the federal limits, CNN reported Wednesday.

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For example, the federal rule that a recipient’s income must be no more than 130 percent of the poverty line has been adapted by some states to be as high as 200 percent.

“This proposal will not only save money, but more importantly it preserves the integrity of the program while ensuring nutrition assistance programs serve those most in need,” then-Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said when the program was announced.

The USDA estimated the change would have saved the federal government $2.5 billion a year, and that 3 million people would have their food stamp benefits cut.

Perdue called SNAP a “temporary safety net” and said the Trump administration was trying to help people “move away from SNAP dependency.”

The loophole’s downside was noted by the Foundation for Economic Education in its retelling of the saga of Rob Undersander, a retired engineer with vast wealth who still received food stamps under Minnesota’s application of the rule Trump wanted to kill.

Undersander was condemned by Democrats during a congressional hearing.

“These were not the first Democrats that wanted to send me to jail,” Undersander said.

“The problem is, I was following their rules and the laws that they support.”

He said that he was amazed when he learned food stamps did not take into account an applicant’s assets.

“I was shocked,” he said. “I don’t like it when taxpayer money is wasted.”

The loophole is “egregious and unnecessary,” Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson of South Dakota said.

“A man with assets in the millions — who was able to receive more than a nominal SNAP benefit month after month because of Minnesota’s abuses of their administrative flexibility — Mr. Undersander is not alone,” he said.

Undersander’s case was cited when the Trump administration eliminated the loophole that the Biden administration has now effectively reinstated, according to The Washington Post.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Tyranny: Concerned Parents Arrested After School Board Cuts Off Comments on Trans, CRT Policies

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Two Virginia parents protesting critical race theory and transgender policy proposals at their children’s schools were arrested Tuesday during a meeting of the Loudoun County School Board. The public comment session was held so parents could voice their concerns over the teaching of CRT as well as a new policy on “transgender and gender-expansive students.” Instead, the board ended the meeting midway and two parents were arrested. Two arrests made at the Loudoun County, Virginia school board meeting after it was declared an unlawful assembly and some parents here to protest against critical race theory and a transgender policy refused to leave right away #CriticalRaceTheory pic.twitter.com/dsZDrqJ0Gp — Gabriella Borter (@gabriellaborter) June 22, 2021 A total of 259 people had signed up to offer public comments, but the meeting was shut down after just 51 had spoken, according to Fox News. Ian Prior, a father of two students and a spokesman for the parent advocacy group Fight for Schools, slammed the board for refusing to allow parents to have a say in how their children are educated on controversial topics such as critical race theory and transgenderism. Prior told Fox News that it’s imperative for parents to “get a seat at the table” to help shape what their children learn in the classroom. Otherwise, schools become vehicles for the mass brainwashing of children with destructive left-wing propaganda. https://youtu.be/AntKpOTq0Fc The brouhaha at the Loudoun County School Board meeting came after former Republican state Sen. Dick Black slammed the board for suspending teacher Tanner Cross in May for stating at a school board meeting that he doesn’t believe “a biological boy can be a girl and vice-versa.” Two weeks ago, a judge ordered Cross’ school to reinstate him, saying his statements were constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment. After…

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Confirmed: Disguised Leftists Infiltrated Trump Crowd on Jan. 6, Said They Told FBI How to Infiltrate MAGA

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Recently released videos prove what conservatives have been saying for months now: Trump supporters were not the only ones at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Two leftists infiltrated the Jan. 6 mob that stormed the Capitol and later said they told the FBI how to “infiltrate Trump rallies.” The two men are Walter Masterson and Peter Scattini and a quick look skim through their respective Twitter feeds shows that they are, indeed, leftists. It’s been stoked by the media & by the president. It goes beyond institutional distrust & disgust. So many are painting these protestors as a monolith, when in reality it was an amalgam of families, business owners & anarchists who believed they were fighting for “their” America — Peter Scattini (@jpscattini) January 7, 2021 COVID Nurse at the MAGA Rally does not believe in wearing a mask. pic.twitter.com/1SvKyFpPCf — Walter Masterson (@waltermasterson) December 13, 2020 Multiple videos on Scattini’s YouTube channel show him and Masterson — disguised as reporters from One America News Network — asking questions to a number of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6uCSMnHO7w&t=1556s An additional video blog posted on Feb. 17 features Scattini explaining how FBI agents approached the two men after their Jan. 6 stunt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WajJZZfoLXg “They introduced themselves as two agents of the FBI and one officer of the NYPD and asked if they could come inside and, of course, we said yes,” Scattini said. “We talked to them for about an hour, we are not in any trouble, but that was super weird.” “Walter is giving them tips on how to infiltrate Trump rallies.” This lines up with a recent assertion made by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson that the FBI had agents on the inside during the Jan. 6 incursion. “Strangely, some of the key people who…

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