Louisiana Senator John Kennedy took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to push for work requirements for those receiving food stamps.
Kennedy wants the work requirements be added for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the final version of the Farm Bill.
“Government assistance was designed to be an off-ramp to help people leave poverty in their tracks, but it’s become a parking lot,” said Sen. Kennedy. “People are stuck there, impoverished, with no exit in sight. Farm Bill conferees will have the rare chance to fix it. I want to urge my colleagues to consider adding a work requirement to SNAP in the final version of the Farm Bill. I want an America that spends less money on food stamps because fewer Americans need help putting food on the table. We owe it to the American taxpayer, and to every American who relies on SNAP, to reform the program so that it works as it was originally intended.”
On Tuesday the U.S. enate sent its version of the bill to a conference committee, where it will be reconciled with the version that passed the House of Representatives earlier this year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hopes differences can be worked out so the bill can be sent to the President for his signature by the end of September.