"Instead of attacking and working to undermine the SNAP program, Congress should vote to strengthen and increase food assistance benefits to ensure low-income Ohioans can afford to purchase nutritious, wholesome food and live healthier and productive lives."
"Senate Republicans and Democrats already have announced their intention of crafting a bipartisan farm bill. Which means staying away from such careless changes to food assistance. House Republicans have reason to take the cue, if they are interested in a bipartisan majority for the farm bill."
"Parents are sitting around their kitchen tables trying to figure out how they can afford to make the car repair they need to get to work or pay for their child's field trip at school. Some House Republicans want those parents to have to prove over and over again that they're working at least 20 hours per week, so they can keep their SNAP benefits. This kind of burdensome overreach doesn't show trust in moms to know best. It's bad public policy and Ohio's congressional members shouldn't stand for it."
LISTEN: A new farm bill, fresh out of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, could force over two million people off the program. Vox's Tara Golshan explains why Republicans want to put SNAP recipients to work, and Stacy Dean from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities talks about the program's bipartisan past.
"As director of one of the area's large food pantries, we see families struggle to make ends meet. Many are working two or more jobs and still can't make their resources last through the month. Instead of proposing to punish the poor and reduce access to nutritious food, Congress should focus on creating policies to end hunger and lift people out of poverty." Henri Etta Fletcher-Lockhart, Director, Akron Bible Church Baskets of Love
Current law requires able-bodied adulst between 18 and 49 with no dependents to work at least 20 hours per week or receive an equivalent amount of job training to qualify for [SNAP] benefits. The new GOP-pushed measure would change that age range to 18 to 59. It also would impose the work requirements on those with children over age six. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said the new requirements include 'some of the most punitive provisions I've ever seen in 30 years of doing this work.'