DesJarlais Says Farm Bill Trims Food Stamp Rolls

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Rep. Scott DesJarlais said he voted in favor when the U.S. House of Representatives "made significant reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)."

 

Rep. DesJarlais said, “The 2018 farm bill contains programs that support Tennessee farmers and ranchers, as well as the rural communities they call home.

It develops rural broadband and makes changes to the food stamp program to ensure it remains for those who truly need it. With training for the modern economy, where almost 7 million jobs are waiting for them, more able-bodied Americans will re-enter the workforce.

 

"As the economy has improved, food stamp rolls should have declined by a much higher figure, said the Congressman, but skewed incentives are locking healthy, working-age adults in poverty. Broad eligibility standards, poor data-keeping and automation for administrative functions requiring human attention are inflating food stamp numbers.

 

“The good news is that millions of people are finding better paying jobs and leaving government dependency programs. The better news is that we can help millions more to lead productive lives in a growing economy, while preserving assistance for the needy.

 

“Eighty percent of Americans agree with Republicans’ education and training efforts in the farm bill.” 



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