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  • Food Stamp Participation Doubled Among Able-Bodied Adults After Obama Suspended Work Requirement

    A new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirms that food stamp participation doubled among able-bodied adults after the Obama Administration suspended the program’s work requirements.

    As Heritage’s Kiki Bradley notes:

    The welfare reform of 1996 requires that after three months on food stamps, recipients be engaged in some kind of work activity for at least 20 hours a week. Tucked away in the mammoth 2009 so-called “stimulus” spending bill was the suspension of this requirement for able-bodied adults with no children.

    The result has been that between 2008 and 2010, the number of these able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled—from 1.9 million to 3.9 million, according to CRS. (Total participation is now at roughly 47 million, or one in seven Americans.)

    This work requirement suspension expired September 30, 2010. But Obama’s “next two budgets then requested that the suspension be extended each year,” explains Bradley. “However, he did not wait for Congress to act on these requests; instead his Department of Agriculture issued waivers to 44 states and the District of Columbia freeing them from implementing the food stamp work requirement.”

    Although the weak economic situation would have likely resulted in increased food stamp participation, the Washington Examiner notes that the “doubling of the use of food stamps by the able-bodied population without dependents exceeded the 43 percent increase in food stamp usage among the broader population over the same 2008 to 2010 time frame.”

    The CRS reports comes in the midst of the Obama Administration’s latest attempt to waive work requirements from the largest cash assistance welfare program: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), created under the 1996 welfare reform law. The reform successfully helped move welfare recipients off of the rolls and into jobs and cut the welfare caseload by half within five years. Now, the Obama Administration is trying to gut the heart of this program by claiming that it can waive the work requirement.

    The Obama Administration is lengthening its track record of policies that promote government dependence. As a result, taxpayers will be on the line to fund more government assistance for able-bodied adults.

    Today, the federal government spends nearly $1 trillion a year on approximately 80 different federal welfare programs. If President Obama has his way, spending will only continue to increase despite welfare already being the fastest-growing part of government spending.

    Instead of pushing for more Americans onto the government dole, welfare programs should be founded on the principles of personal responsibility and work. Work requirements in food stamps and TANF should be restored and strengthened and should be expanded to other government welfare programs.

    Requiring able-bodied recipients to work or prepare for work not only is fair to taxpayers but also ensures that those receiving aid are being assisted to achieve self-reliance and independence.

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    11 Responses to Food Stamp Participation Doubled Among Able-Bodied Adults After Obama Suspended Work Requirement

    1. taxedmore says:

      Food Stamps – the new unearned currency.

    2. Unbelievable – I work a full time job and a part time job in order to make ends meet and Obama does this to people like me! Something has to change. There aren't enough people working anymore to tax. The way we are headed is unsustainable!

    3. Bobbie says:

      His food stamp frenzy, tax gas guzzling gillions is increasing all costs especially food. Along with the farm drouts (I don't know how to spell it?)to add more costs. Why I wonder the government hands out farm subsidies? If the farm takes a loss so do people that eat that a subsidy to the loss on a farm, isn't going to benefit the consumer. He's closing down coal plants so we can all forget about preventive care this winter and take part in obamacare's debut. He's a conspirator on America's soil and wherever American life exists outside America. He has no respect for human life. He is unacceptable. He is not a man that truer men are and America deserves no less of a man than a true one is and can't expect more of a man than a noble man that this man isn't. He's behind the inhumane acts and death of our American ambassador he has no emotion for American lives tortured and murdered that were men of America's best. He's a liar and can't respect people deserve the truth. He makes false judgments and accepts the first excuse without facts at all, thinking the rest of us would fall for it to justify? He's beneath human decency. He and the rest are despicable! Unfit for civil society!! You fill in the name!

    4. tylerscribble says:

      Apparently Romney was right about 47%..

    5. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      If you truly believe that self-sufficient, independent citizens will not vote for you, why work to remove them from the welfare roles?

      Obama recently told Univision that he didn't get immigration reform done because of the separation of powers, yet here he is again bypassing this implicit Constitutional safeguard against tyranny.

    6. This article completely leaves out the fact that Obama's waiver providing states with more flexibility on how to implement the work requirements was actually first requested by 29 Republican governors, including Mitt Romney, back in 2005. Don't believe me? Here is a link to a pdf of the letter from the Republican Governos Association.
      I dare you to approve this post and keep it up. If you don't, it'd be evidence that you're not willing to take into account evidence or arguments against your point. Let's have robust debate here. http://democrats.waysandmeans.house.gov/media/pdf

      • Greg Miller says:

        And this proves…what exactly? I take away a few things from your post:

        1. That the cancers of liberalism and entitlement have infected even the Republican party.
        2. That Romney is Obama-lite, the lesser or two evils, and we haven't been given decent presidential candidates for at least four elections.
        3. That government inherently can't be trusted, no matter political affiliation or party of control, and that it must therefore be limited and small to work to avoid cannibalizing her own citizens.
        4. That government can't work without a citizenry schooled in personal responsibility and Christian virtue.

      • Bobbie says:

        why does it take "the President" and for him to implement any "work requirements?" That's not presidential duty!! Get the government out!!

      • Annie says:

        Nicole LeTourneau, the provided link pertains to the TANF cash assistance program which has a strict work requirement to help these families become self-sufficient and independent from government assistance.

        This link: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/08/… stated:

        "The Obama Administration is now illegally claiming authority to waive the TANF work requirements through a legal device called the section 1115 waiver authority under the Social Security law (42 U.S.C. 1315)."

        Someone I know works at a local market and see customers carrying Louis Vuitton bags or driving luxury cars pay their groceries with food stamps. One lady in particular actually had a total balance of $2,000 on her EBT food stamp card! There should be a new bill passed mandating store clerks to report food stamp fraud. People are also selling their food stamps to buy drugs. This is outrageous and getting out of hand. The Obama administration still doesn't get it.

      • Sonie says:

        So, when you click on Nicole''s link, there's nothing there. Sounds like Obama's facts and figures he spews around America! Plenty of people have researched this problem, and I say, we need those strong encouraging laws to get people back in the workforce. We have several friends on SSI…what I see is an easy way to stop work early and live off the government.

    7. Sandy Bobet says:

      This article reminds me of two quotes from Samuel Smiles (Scottish author and reformer):

      “Where men are subjected to over-guidance and over-government, the inevitable tendency is to render them comparatively helpless.”
      ~Samuel Smiles

      “National progress is the sum of individual industry, energy, and uprightness, as national decay is of individual idleness, selfishness, and vice.”
      ~Samuel Smiles

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