Abraham statement on new USDA SNAP rule
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today praised the US Department of Agriculture for proposing a new rule to crack down on the amount of food stamp waivers granted to able-bodied adults without dependents.
Under current law, able-bodied adults without dependents are not supposed to be able to receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for more than three months during a three-year period, unless they’re pursing education or work training. However, many states waive this requirement, including Louisiana which granted a waiver for all 64 parishes.
The new Farm Bill, which Dr. Abraham helped write, included language that allows the USDA to tighten and reduce those waivers.
“I’m glad to see that the USDA is wasting no time in moving forward with the new authority we gave it to rein in these waivers. SNAP is not meant to be a lifestyle, and able-bodied adults should only be using the program when they fall on tough times. I want people to work and succeed, not become dependent on the government. This new rule brings accountability to the program and helps set people on the path to success,” Dr. Abraham said.
President Trump is expected to sign the Farm Bill into law today (Thursday, Dec. 20).