A group of House Republicans led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor has agreed on a revision to the food stamps portion of the farm bill that Cantor believes will broadly unite the GOP conference.
A senior Republican aide tells National Review Online the group has found a relatively limited change to food-stamp work requirements that could net $20 billion in savings, doubling the spending reductions of the overall bill.
However, a provision in the law allows states to apply for a waiver to this requirement, and 40 states and Washington, D.C., have received such a waiver.
President Obama’s stimulus law in 2009 actually provided a nationwide waiver for this requirement, and since that expired, the waiver has been awarded generously. In the meantime, that group of food-stamp recipients has spiked from 6.6 percent of all food-stamp recipients in 2007 to 9.7 percent of beneficiaries in 2010, the last year numbers are available. There are 4 million people who fit this category.