Congress could vote today on cutting 40 billion dollars over a 10 yr. period.
The House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill Thursday that would chart the course for federal nutrition programs for years to come.
The measure calls for $40 billion in cuts over a decade to the federal food stamp program, now known as SNAP. The measure’s Republican backers say it attacks fraud, but advocates say it will hurt the poor.
Food stamps have traditionally been part of the farm bill, but in July, House leaders were forced to strip the program out of that bill because fiscal conservatives said its $20 billion in cuts over 10 years didn’t go far enough.
“We should reform the food stamp program so we can get the aid to those who need it most in their hour of need, without the kind of rampant waste and abuse that you see,” said Rep. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas.
“It’s welfare reform 2.0. It is pretty exciting,” says Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., one lawmaker who has been pushing to chop $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, during the next 10 years. “I think it is a very compassionate approach, targeting and reforming food stamps from being a way of life.”
White House Threatens to Veto House Food Stamp Bill
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“If you came to me and offered to pay me what I’m making now and tell me that I could stay home I’m certainly going to think about it,” says Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
In his most recent study, The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off: 2013, Tanner reveals how welfare participants can earn more than working a minimum wage job in 35 states.
“There’s no evidence to show [welfare recipients] are any lazier than the rest of us, but they also aren’t dumber than the rest of us,” Tanner explains. “If you offer them the same incentives that’s what they will do.”
Tanner sat down with Reason’s Nick Gillespie to discuss his report, the mixed legacy of welfare reform, and his recommendations to fix the system.
About 7 minutes. Cameras by Amanda Winkler and Joshua Swain. Edited by Swain.
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