Judge Strikes Down New Trump Rule Cutting Off Food Stamps For 700,000 Americans

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DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center on September 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. More than 20,000 tickets have been distributed for the event.

On Sunday, a federal judge struck down a Trump administration order to take away food stamps from more than 700,000 American families.

The judge commented on how the U.S. Department of Agriculture was “icily silent” about the rule and its effect on families throughout the nation.

In a 67-page ruling, Chief Judge Beryl Howell wrote, “The final rule at issue in this litigation radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving states scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans.”

He ruled that the agency failed to explain how the rule related to federal statutes and how it “made sense.”

The rule supposedly implemented stricter criteria for food stamps and mandated that food stamp recipients had to work in order to receive the benefits.

A team of attorney generals from multiple states came together and filed a lawsuit in January in an attempt to challenge the USDA rule.