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The Trump administration is seeking to completely revamp the country’s social safety net, targeting recipients of Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance.

Trump is doing so through a sweeping executive order that was quietly issued earlier this week — and that largely flew under the radar.

It is important to note that the article goes on to state the following:

It calls on the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and other agencies across the federal government to craft new rules requiring that beneficiaries of a host of programs work or lose their benefits.

“Since its inception, the welfare system has grown into a large bureaucracy that might be susceptible to measuring success by how many people are enrolled in a program rather than by how many have moved from poverty into financial independence,” the order states.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) issued a joint statement condemning the order, declaring it undermines proven anti-poverty programs:

“Furthermore, this Executive Order perpetuates false and racist stereotypes about certain groups supposedly taking advantage of government assistance. In truth, those needing assistance are hard-working Americans who remain unemployed through no fault of their own or are living paycheck-to-paycheck and are simply trying to feed and shelter their families. We will not sit idly by as the 40 million Americans living in poverty are denied basic human empathy and dignity by this Administration and its Republican partners in Congress.”

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