My piece today looks at the food stamps legislation that Republicans are trying to pass in the House:
Since the recession, work requirements for able-bodied adults aged 18 to 50, who don’t have children and who are receiving food stamps for more than three months out of a three-year period, have mostly fallen by the wayside. Thanks to the stimulus package, the standards were waived for 2009–10, and since then, virtually all states have continued to waive the requirement.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that about 1.7 million adults would lose SNAP benefits if the House’s bill became law. Unemployment rates remain high in many states, so the House’s bill would allow the work requirements to be satisfied by doing community-service work, such as removing trash from roadways and serving in soup kitchens.
Shockingly, liberals are outraged: “Cutting food stamps is a dereliction of our moral duty,” said Representative Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn.) earlier this week.
Read the full piece here.