Bill requiring SNAP recipients to work causing concern

A bill that passed in the US House that would require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to work is causing concern for some Hoosiers.

Posted: Sep. 20, 2018 4:24 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A bill that passed in the US House that would require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to work is causing concern for some Hoosiers. The House's version of the farm bill calls for able-bodied adults ages 18 to 59 to work 20 hours a week or participate in job training to maintain their benefits.

There are exceptions for seniors, pregnant women, parents with children under sic or people with disabilities.

Some Indiana state lawmakers are in support of the changes. Stating it will save taxpayers up to 20 billion dollars over 10 years. 

SNAP provides food assistance to low and no income people and families living in the United States. The program is a federal aid program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), however, distribution of benefits occurs at the state level. In Indiana, the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is responsible for ensuring federal regulations are initially implemented and consistently applied in each county.

Lawmakers will need to compromise soon because the current law expires the end of this month. President Trump has already shown support for the work requirements.

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