Million Texas SNAP Recipients Could Face Tougher Requirements For Food Assistance

Elias Hubbard
May 18, 2018

The House of Representatives is now considering the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, which includes the Farm Bill and its $17 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

At least 1.6 million Americans will get off SNAP if the provisions in the bill pass, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

But the number of people getting off food stamps could be more than what the CBO or the House bill is projecting, according to House Agriculture Committee spokeswoman Rachel Millard.

"We have too many families that become generational when it comes to government benefit programs", David said, "We are now doing what I've been hearing from Democrats in Washington and Republicans everywhere that we want to invest in people who are on SNAP". The work requirement would grow to 25 hours by 2026.

Mahoning County already has a work component and exemptions in place for those eligible to receive SNAP.

The idea of reforming the food stamp program has remained popular with the American public. "They would be sanctioned, meaning that food stamp allocation would be reduced, but it would only be reduced for the adult, not for the children". The survey stated that 94 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats are in favor of work requirements.

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said on Tuesday that the U.S. Senate expects to finish a bipartisan farm bill sometime in June.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, joined from left by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., discusses the farm bill, officially known as the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 12, 2018.

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