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House Committee To Review SNAP Work Requirements

Thursday, April 12, 2018  
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One million people could lose food assistance benefits over the next 10 years

Plans to create new work requirements for the food stamp program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), were included in the 2018 Farm Bill unveiled by House Republicans on Thursday. The measure will be reviewed in the House Agriculture Committee next week.

The proposal would require most unemployed adults between the ages of 18 and 59  to enroll in 20 hours of workforce training to receive assistance. Exceptions are made for pregnant women, people with disabilities and parents with children under 12. Preliminary data from the Congressional Budget Office estimates the changes to the work requirements would cut food stamp enrollment by as many as one million people over the next decade.

The plan would also impose stricter eligibility guidelines for low-income families who qualify for SNAP through other welfare programs. An estimated 42 million low-income Americans currently use the SNAP program. Children, a fifth of which live in poverty in the U.S., make up the largest group of beneficiaries of SNAP, as well as other public benefit programs, according to federal data.