668,000 will lose food stamp benefits under new work rules

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WASHINGTON — (AP) Hundreds of thousands of Americans who rely on the federal food stamp program will lose their benefits under a new rule that will tighten work requirements for recipients.

The rule announced Wednesday will limit the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment in order to receive benefits.

USDA officials say the rule would save roughly $5.5 billion over five years and cut benefits for about 688,000 recipients.

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