“The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it was adopting the rule change in December, but critics have called on the department to suspend implementation, especially in light of the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the department planned to move ahead with the rule.” Thankfully, a judge found this to be the monstrosity it is, especially right now. Judge Blocks Rule That Would Have Kicked 700,000 People Off SNAP.