West Virginia votes yes on work requirement for Food Stamp recipients

West Virginia State Senate voted yes to allow work requirements for Food Stamp recipients.


The West Virginia Senate passed legislation Friday that would require food stamp recipients in the state to work at least 20 hours a week to receive benefits.

The state Senate voted 27-6 to require West Virginia residents, ages 18-49 who are not disabled, pregnant, or military veterans and do not have dependent children, to work a minimum of 20 hours per week to receive food stamp benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The bill already passed the West Virginia House in a 78-19 vote.

Forty-six of the 55 counties in West Virginia had waivers that would exempt them from having to comply with federal guidelines mandating that able-bodied adults without dependent children have to work or volunteer to receive benefits.

There is really no argument against this. The Food Stamp program should be a program that promotes helping those in need for just enough time for them to help themselves. We have seen that these work requirement programs help trim the fat of programs like these and allow only those who need it to be on it.

Breitbart explains further how it is has worked in the past

Once the economy recovered from the recession and those waivers expired, states such as Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina “phased in” the work requirements by county, and all have experienced significant decreases in SNAP enrollment.




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