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 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.