Republicans and Democrats are beginning to chart the path of how they want to address food assistance work requirements in the 2023 farm bill discussion at the same time requirements return to pre-pandemic standards in May with the end of the public health emergency.
An additional 1.5 million able-bodied, non-senior Americans would no longer qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program exemptions for work requirements under a bill planned to be introduced on Tuesday by Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D.
Rep. Jim McGovern has been pushing for a nationwide focus on ending hunger for a long time and in his role as Rules Committee Chairman, he included funding for a White House conference on the subject. Now, he's looking ahead at who should be included and subjects to be covered.
An extension of the 15% boost in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and more money for the Women, Infants and Children program are included in the $1.9 trillion stimulus package President-elect Joe Biden plans to propose to Congress.
The new Congress rekindled a dispute left over from last year’s farm bill debate as House Republicans sought to protect USDA’s move to tighten work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.