The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often referred to by its older name “food stamps”, cost $20 billion and had 17 million people dependent on the program in 2000. This year, even with a growing economy and record low unemployment, 46 million people are dependent and at a cost of $80 billion. What has happened? For one thing, in 2009 President Obama waived the work requirement that had been in place since President Clinton and Republicans in Congress signed landmark welfare reform legislation in 1996. Fully 37 states still have the waiver in place. And further, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements for SNAP, there is no limit to how long you can receive food stamps.
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) has introduced a bill that would implement work requirements for those dependent on food stamps. Click here to read more from an interview he gave recently about the need for his bill to become law.