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    Americans Support Stronger Work Requirements for Food Stamps

    Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that the food stamps program should include stronger work requirements, according to the October Food Demand Survey (FooDS) out of Oklahoma State University. Other surveys similarly show that Americans support work requirements for welfare. A 2012 Rasmussen survey revealed that 83 percent of Americans favor … More

    Farm Bills Would Cost More Than Obama Stimulus

    The House and Senate are considering farm bill legislation this week whose costs should raise red flags for all Americans. In fact, the House and Senate versions of the bill would cost far more than the Obama stimulus package. The costs are just one example of how the farm bill … More

    The Story on November’s Food Stamps “Cuts”

    The latest buzz about food stamps is that benefit amounts will be “cut” beginning November 1. But what is this “cut”? Basically, it’s the benefit amount returning to the level it would have otherwise been if not for the 2009 stimulus. In 2009, President Obama’s stimulus package temporarily pumped extra … More

    Americans Overwhelmingly Support Separating Food Stamps from Farm Programs

    As Heritage has frequently written, food stamps must be separated from agriculture policy to achieve real farm bill reform. These programs should be analyzed and debated on their own merits. A recent survey shows that Americans agree. In the recent monthly Food Demand Survey, conducted by Oklahoma State University, the … More

    Farm Bill: A Response to President Obama

    In his recent remarks, President Obama made a push to get a new farm bill enacted by the end of the year. Sound agriculture and food stamp policy should be the goal, not getting a farm bill done at all costs based on an artificial timeline. The House and Senate … More

    House OKs Farm Bill That Staggers Food Stamps, Agriculture Programs

    While the House of Representatives voted today to rejoin its food stamp bill with its agriculture-only farm bill, it took a critical step to ensure that separation of the farm bill becomes the norm in the future: It established staggered terms for these programs. Food stamps would be authorized for … More

    Convert Food Stamps to a Work Activation Program

    Earlier this summer, the House took an important step in separating the bloated farm bill into an agriculture-only bill and a food stamp bill, which was introduced yesterday. To make a stand-alone food stamp bill a truly worthwhile reform, it should include a mandatory work requirement for all able-bodied adults. … More

    Are 14 Percent of Americans Chronically Hungry?

    Earlier this week, a New York Times editorial claimed that 14.5 percent of U.S. households are experiencing “pangs of chronic hunger.” This figure is based on a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It’s misleading, though. The 14.5 percent figure used by the Times refers to “food … More

    Taking Milk from Babies: The Shocking New Farm Bill Strategy

    Some congressional leaders have a shocking new strategy to force through a farm bill at any cost. They are threatening to allow the price of milk to double as a way to compel both the House and Senate to pass any bill. This new strategy is reportedly the brainchild of … More

    Morning Bell: The Only Way to Reform the Farm Bill

    Lawmakers return to Washington today with only nine legislative days in the House before some farm bill programs expire at the end of the month. With the debt ceiling looming and Congress considering military action in Syria, it’s nearly impossible to develop real reforms. The best option before Congress is … More