[Ed. note – Perhaps we should require Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Knesset to get a job or perform “some form of volunteer work” in order to continue drawing their billions from the US taxpayer.]
No Joke: 500k Food Stamp Recipients to Lose Benefits on April 1
In order to keep their access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) for more than three months, able-bodied adults ages 18-49 who don’t have children or other dependents must work, volunteer, or enroll in a job-training program for 20 hours a week or more.
Back in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, the work requirements for SNAP were waived due to cratering job prospects and an unstable global economy. As economic indicators improved, lawmakers began debating whether to reinstate the requirements, with conservatives arguing that the rule encourages people to find work and liberals saying it would harm those still struggling with poverty.
The requirements came back on the books in 40 states at the start of 2016, according to The Atlantic. That means the first phase of people on SNAP will see their benefits expire on April 1, and the number could add up to more than half a million Americans.
In Missouri, some 30,000 people could be kicked off the program on Friday, WDAF News reported. State lawmakers passed a bill removing the work requirement waiver last year.
In Tennessee, roughly 150,000 people could lose their food stamps this year as a result of the work requirement, according to WJHL.
By the end of 2016, up to a million people around the nation could lose their benefits.
Supporters of the rule, generally falling into the Republican camp, say that requiring a job or some form of volunteer work is overdue, considering the unemployment rate has dropped from 10 percent in 2009 to under five percent as of February 2016.