The Agriculture Department said the rule would close "a loophole" that enables people receiving only minimal benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to be eligible automatically for food stamps.
Sonny Perdue, as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, may be the most aggressive enforcer of President Donald Trump’s pro-business and deregulatory agenda that the fewest Americans, outside agriculture, have ever heard of.
Despite the trade truce, Washington insiders believe the announcement will still come out this week. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is speaking Monday in Chicago, so that news could hit as early as Monday.
While issuing another $100 million in back-payments for the Margin Protection Program, the USDA extended the MPP enrollment deadline to ensure dairy farmers have every opportunity to join if they want to.
As the partial government shutdown enters day six, the majority of USDA isn't disrupted yet. If the standoff between the White House and Congress persists, it could impact the timing of the tariff aid relief from USDA.