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H.R. 5349: 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 ...

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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)

Introduced on Dec 6, 2019

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Dec 6, 2019

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