A Fox News guest praised the Trump administration’s move to tighten work requirements for Americans on food stamps and accused some people using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program of being too busy “watching porn” to find jobs.

On Fox & Friends on Wednesday, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education founder and president Star Parker argued that the shame associated with food stamps has diminished and citizens are now using them “like an EBT swipe card, it’s a debit card” due to there being little incentive to get off.

“Remember, most of our safety net programs are… for you to get back on your feet,” Parker said. “And so what the Trump Administration is saying is, ‘Come on guys, the economy’s doing good. Why are you still sitting around?’ People here in Washington, in particular [American Enterprise Institute] has done extensive studies on this to show that what they’re calling them now are watchers.”

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The conservative political activist added: “These guys are not working. They’re watching. They’re watching porn, they’re watching TV, they’re watching women, they’re watching everything, but they’re not working. And this is what this initiative is attempting to do, is to get them back into their own lives so that they can prosper.”

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Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed a new rule that would increase requirements for those on food stamps, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Under the current food stamp program, those who are non-disabled, working-age adults without dependents are only permitted to receive benefits for three out of every 36 months without working—with the exception of citizens who are dedicating 20 hours a week to training programs. After that period, they must find work, enroll in a training program, or complete 80 hours of educational training to continue receiving benefits.

However, states can exempt areas that have an unemployment rate over 10 percent and areas that are covered under the Department of Labor’s definition of having insufficient jobs. The proposed new USDA rule will effectively eliminate some of these waivers by narrowing the definition of areas with insufficient jobs and limiting them from up to two years in length, to just one.

“A central theme of the Trump administration has been to expand prosperity for all Americans, which includes helping people lift themselves out of pervasive poverty,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, adding that $15 will be saved over the next 10 years. “[The new rule] restores the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population, while it’s also respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program.”

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Following the rule proposal, Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi rebuked the Trump administration’s efforts to limit food stamps. “Why at Christmas would you take food out of the mouths of American people?” she said, according to the The New York Times. While Democratic Senate Agriculture Committee member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said she “expects the rule will face significant opposition and legal challenges.”

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