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Abraham Supports Helping Able-Bodied SNAP Recipients Re-Enter Workforce

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, released the following statement after the USDA announced changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to encourage able-bodied adults between ages 18 and 49 without dependents to re-enter the workforce.

“Thanks to President Trump’s pro-growth policies like deregulation and tax cuts, the American economy is booming and providing greater opportunity than has been seen in generations. The national unemployment rate has fallen to 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years, and unemployment among African-Americans and Hispanics is the lowest in recorded history,” said Abraham. “Despite this great news, 37 million people are still receiving SNAP assistance, even while an estimated seven million jobs go unfilled. By reinstating SNAP rules as they were intended, able-bodied adults with no dependents will be required to participate in 20 hours per week of work, job training, or even volunteering to help them re-enter the workforce. Those with dependents or disabilities will be unaffected by this change and areas with unemployment higher than 6% will remain eligible for a waiver from the requirements.”

“Shortly after taking office, President Obama relaxed work requirements for SNAP recipients, more than doubling the number of able-bodied adults receiving assistance in less than two years,” Abraham continued. “By reinstating these requirements, the Trump administration has restored a crucial part of the bipartisan Gingrich-Clinton welfare reform of 1996.”

“This rule change will help to move more Americans from poverty to prosperity while expanding the labor force and ensuring the best possible stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”

To read the USDA’s announcement, click here.