Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania released a statement on Monday in response to reports suggesting that the SNAP program may face stricter work requirements amid debt default talks.
The debt increase bill proposed by House Republicans seeks to implement stricter work requirements for individuals aged 50 to 56 who currently receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). Along with this, the bill suggests certain modifications to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to ensure the effective allocation of resources. Furthermore, the bill also puts forth a plan for the implementation of work requirements for Medicaid recipients, which is expected to push individuals to become financially independent while also ensuring they continue to receive health care benefits.
“It’s punitive adding more work requirements for SNAP. SNAP already has work requirements. I didn’t come here to take food away from hungry kids, and that’s exactly what this proposal would do; a proposal that would make Scrooge blush,” said Fetterman.
“I’ve never met a SNAP recipient who aspires to stay on SNAP for life. Let’s end the games, pay our bills, and get on with the important work people sent us here to do.”
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