Costa Statement on Court Ruling Blocking Administration’s Attack on Hungry Americans

Oct 19, 2020
Press Release


(FRESNO, CA) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after a U.S. District Court blocked implementation of the Trump Administration’s rule that strips Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits away from millions of Americans by subjecting them to time limits on benefit eligibility and weakens states’ ability to target assistance in high-unemployment areas: 

"I’m pleased to see the courts have agreed that the Trump Administration’s repeated attacks on hungry Americans is unnecessary and cruel," said Costa. "Millions of Americans - including 25% of my own constituents- rely on SNAP benefits to feed themselves and their families. The story out there – that SNAP recipients don’t work – simply is not true. I’m hopeful this ruling will stop the egregious attacks on our most vulnerable citizens, especially in the middle of a pandemic, when the struggle of putting food on dinner tables across the country has grown increasingly difficult."

The Administration’s efforts to roll back eligibility for SNAP is in direct contradiction to the overwhelmingly bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill which expressly rejected these kind of eligibility changes. Congressman Jim Costa was a leader in opposing such changes during Farm Bill negotiations, calling for a Farm Bill that fed Americans  rather than make it harder for them to access food.