Ocasio-Cortez on food assistance cuts: 'If this happened then, we might've just starved'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump says he will designate antifa a terrorist organization Ocasio-Cortez rips de Blasio after police cruiser drives into crowd of protesters NYPD police cruisers lurch through group of demonstrators protesting Floyd's death MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed the Trump administration’s decision to implement cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), referencing her family’s past reliance on food stamps.

“My family relied on food stamps (EBT) when my dad died at 48. I was a student. If this happened then, we might’ve just starved,” she tweeted Thursday. “Now many people will.”

She continued, criticizing Republican lawmakers whom she views as stewards of the wealthy. 

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“It’s shameful how the GOP works overtime to create freebies for the rich while dissolving lifelines of those who need it most.”

The rebuke comes in response to a plan that would result in deep cuts to those who qualify to receive food stamps.

The Trump administration proposal, which was announced Wednesday, will stiffen the rules for states seeking waivers for a requirement that food stamp recipients be employed or enrolled in vocational training programs. Government estimates say the proposal could cut benefits for about 750,000 people.

The work or vocational training requirement applies to recipients who are “able-bodied” or who are not caring for a child under 6 years old. Current guidelines say that states can grant a waiver for work requirements for those receiving benefits from SNAP, also known as food stamps, if their unemployment rates are at least 20 percent above the national rate.  

The proposal would limit benefits for an estimated 3.7 million people and 2.1 million households.