Just ahead of the new year, new data shows a major drop in Americans participating in the WIC federal assistance program.
Welfare reform has been a top priority for President Trump since the beginning of his presidency.
Now, participation in the Women Infant and Children or WIC welfare program has dropped to a 17-year low.
According to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, enrollment in the WIC program declined to just below 7.3 million recipients this year.
The new stats surpass the previous record low in 2000 when more than 7.1 million people used the assistance.
The program provides food aid, health care referrals, and nutrition education to low-income families.
After the historical passing of tax reform, welfare reform is reportedly ranked near the top of the GOP’s to-do list in 2018.
“We want to take on skills, getting people the skills they need to get the job they want,” said, House Speaker Paul Ryan “Career, technical career education and welfare reform.”
Additionally, as the economy improves, the USDA is expecting a further decline in WIC enrollment in the coming year.