Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves is pushing a novel idea. That people wanting to get food stamps actually be required to show they are looking for work in order to obtain the aid.
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According to a story in youngcons.com:
Well, it’s not really a novel idea. But coming out of the time of Obama, it seems like it is.
“By putting certain perimeters or requirements on the program where you have to actually do job searches and you have to go do interviews and you have to participate in certain job training activities, it is migrating people from dependence to the workforce and that is a win for everyone,” Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., told The Daily Signal in an interview.
According to a press release from his office, Graves’ legislation:
Creates additional opportunities to satisfy the work requirement through a supervised job search.
Reduces the number of SNAP recipients exempt from the work requirement.
Retains state flexibility for exempting certain individuals from the work requirement.
And Graves can point to neighbor, Alabama, for showing how it can work.
Graves’ legislation, introduced Thursday, seeks to piggyback off the success Alabama had in instituting work requirements for food stamp recipients, the Louisiana lawmaker said.
Participation in Alabama’s food stamp program dropped by 85 percent among able-bodied adults without dependents in 13 counties after officials said that those who use food stamps must work, look for work, or get approved job training, The Daily Signal previously reported.
There had been work requirements in the past, but American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in 2009 under President Barack Obama allowed states to waive the requirements, thereby not providing any motivation for people to actually find work or get off food stamps, and remain permanently dependent.
“While we certainly need to have a safety net … to help provide assistance that are upon hard times and those that have needs, the program … has grown beyond its intention of offering a hand up or a safety net to where it has become a lifestyle in some cases,” Graves told The Daily Signal.
Another area on which Obama literally gave away the store.
Finally some accountability and some real aid to the people who need it.
Good going, Rep. Graves, and hopefully, more get it…