THE HILL: House to vote on farm bill with food stamps revamp next week

The Hill: Written by Melanie Zanona. May 10, 2018.

The House will vote on a GOP farm bill next week that would impose tougher work requirements on food stamp recipients.

The revamp of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, is considered a legacy item for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has sought to enact welfare reform as part of his “Better Way” agenda.

The farm bill includes language that would tighten the work requirements for millions of food stamp recipients and shift more federal funding toward job training.

The thinking is that this will help lift people out of poverty and get welfare recipients back on their feet.

But the GOP conference is divided over the changes, with some moderate Republicans worried the requirements are too tough and others worried the changes don’t go far enough.

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