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There’s been many consequences, intended and unintended, that have come from President Trump’s election, and now we’re learning about a major one that a lot of people didn’t see coming.

Under Barack Obama, enrollments for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) skyrocketed as he eased the restrictions for those applying. From 2009 until 2016, enrollments went from around 22 million to well over 50 million, according to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

During the same period, the costs of the program greatly increased as well, rising to over $80 billion annually. However, thanks to a variety of issues, from state governments placing work requirements on SNAP benefits and no the election of President Trump, there’s been a dramatic decrease in the number of enrollees in the program, all in just under a year.

Breitbart News has more:

The number of people enrolled in food stamps dropped by two million since President Trump took office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA data show that the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the government program that administers food stamps, plunged to 42,182,443 in fiscal year (FY) 2017 —a drop of 2,036,920 from the 44,219,363 enrolled in FY 2016.

Participation in the program is at its lowest level since 2010, when 40,302,000 people enrolled in the program.

Food stamp enrollment steadily declined after 2013, when participation in the government program swelled to 47.6 million—the highest amount it has ever been since former President Lyndon Johnson authorized the creation of the food stamp program in 1964. Taxpayers spent $79.8 million on SNAP when enrollment reached its peak in 2013.

That’s one hell of a decline for a single year, and it could be attributed to a number of things, including the lowest unemployment rate decades making it so less people need taxpayer handouts. Further, the President has promised to crackdown on welfare as a whole and create much-needed reform.

President Trump has mentioned that he wanted to make it a priority to keep SNAP program costs down at the state and federal levels, which might drive down enrollment even further in 2018.

The USDA announced in December that the agency would give state agencies more autonomy over administering SNAP as one way to curb costs of the multi-billion dollar welfare program.

On the campaign trail, the President promised to both save the country money and put people to work. While this is only one of many data points that can be used to prove he’s doing so, it’s still a solid step in the right direction.

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