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Senate Republicans are battling over whether a bill reauthorizing the nation’s food stamp program should boost work requirements for recipients.
The Senate-passed farm bill reauthorizes agriculture and nutrition assistance programs for five years. But the legislation does not include House-passed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, that would broaden work requirements and make it more difficult for states to waive them.
The article goes on to state the following:
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Thursday called on negotiators working on a House-Senate compromise to include the work requirements in the final version, going against Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas.
“I think having the work provisions is really important,” Cornyn told reporters Thursday. “Able-bodied people, people who can’t work, can train, can do community service. People who can’t should be exempted from that. I think the House got that right.”
He added, “I hope they move closer in the House’s direction.”
But Roberts has advocated for the Senate-passed version of the food stamp reauthorization provision. He and others worry that enhanced work requirements are guaranteed to draw Democratic opposition and even GOP opponents who fear backlash in their states.
“We think we have a pretty good bill,” Roberts said of the Senate-authored version, which passed the upper chamber by a vote of 86-11 in June.
“It’s much more pertinent to what we all want to do which is make sure the help is going to people who need it but also do the necessary reforms,” Roberts told the Washington Examiner. “That will be a subject we have to come to agreement on. We haven’t yet.”
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