Under current law, able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) can't be in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, for more than there months in a three-year period unless they're students, in training, or working 80 hours a month. States can waive that time limit when there aren't many jobs available, but the proposed rule would tighten criteria states must meet when applying for those waivers.
If the proposal is implemented, the USDA estimates 755,000 able-bodied adults without dependents would lose SNAP benefits over three years, and that the plan will save $15 billion over the next decade, McCrimmon reports. But the restrictions would likely end up hurting SNAP recipients who already work. Most ABAWDs are in the labor force, with very few working less than 20 hours a week or always unemployed, economist Lauren Bauer reports for Brookings.