AUGUSTA — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the Trump administration is blocking his latest effort to prevent the use of food stamps to buy soda and candy.

LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture informed Maine of the news this week in a phone call.

The governor plans to revise and resubmit his request.

The USDA didn’t respond to request for comment Thursday evening.

The fiscally conservative governor has pointed to Maine’s high rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease as justification for his efforts.

But former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration blocked LePage’s plan and said it lacked needed details and follow-up plans.

Rabinowitz said the administration hasn’t received a letter from the USDA regarding its latest decision.

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