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Friday, September 16, 2016

GOP Tries To Fix America's Food Stamp Problem

Republicans in Congress are working to improve the food stamps program by focusing on how to lift people out of poverty through work.

“While we know that a job is the surest way to get out of poverty, it can be difficult for individuals to find a job that matches their skills, or to gain the skills needed to fill the jobs available in an area,” GOP Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana, chairwoman of the Nutrition Subcommittee, said during a hearing Tuesday.

The GOP’s proposal would expand employment and training programs for all able-bodied adults enrolled in welfare programs like food stamps, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” proposal to fight poverty and reduce government spending would expand work requirements for SNAP benefits.

The food stamps program exploded under President Barack Obama, in part because of high unemployment after the great recession, with 46.6 million people enrolled in 2014. Nearly 45 million people are still on food stamps this year, costing taxpayers more than $50 billion in benefits during the past 12 months alone, according to recent USDA data.



Anonymous said...

Biggest scam ever ,
Drug test unannounced ,
Picture on card,verify pic at store
No Cash .
3 mounths yr.

Anonymous said...

The most horrendous waste of taxpayer dollars in the history of the US ! It's unbelievable the fraud and abuse these programs have caused. Instead of a "welfare check" these freeloaders receive an EBT card which they can access cash from ATM's. They than can buy anything they want - alcohol, tobacco, lottery tix, etc. See the article about the sting in Baltimore in regards to this fraud. The SNAP program does not restrict them from what they can buy at grocery stores - alaskan king crab legs, shrimp, etc. What a joke. The main reason area c-stores have free ATM machines is that they know EBT users will withdraw cash from them and buy anything they want. Only in the United Socialist States of America.