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H.R. 5349 (116th): Protect SNAP Act

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Should states have more or less freedom to waive existing federal work requirements for food stamp recipients?


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the federal government’s food program for the needy, but it’s primarily run by the states. There’s already a work requirement for able-bodied adults without children or dependents, who can only receive three months of SNAP benefits in a three-year period unless they work at least 20 hours a week.

But if a state had an unemployment rate of 10.0% or above, they had been able to waive those requirements. Under that scenario, such an adult could receive more benefits for longer periods without first having to meet the 20-hour work requirement.

For context, last month’s national unemployment rate was 3.5%, and the highest state …

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Rosa DeLauro

Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 6, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Dec 6, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on December 6, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


110 Cosponsors (109 Democrats, 1 Republican)



Dec 6, 2019

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H.R. 5349 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5349. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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