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Food Stamps Recipients Doubled after Obama Suspended Welfare Work Requirement

Posted by FactReal on September 19, 2012

OBAMA EXPANDING GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCY
The Washington Examiner reported today:

Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.

In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report…

Read the full report here.

Notes:
ABAWD = Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents
SNAP = Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
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