U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised President Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for taking steps to strengthen work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by updating regulations on state waivers. Senator Inhofe fought for and secured real reforms to this year’s Farm Bill that empowered President Trump to take this action today.
“Everyone agrees. If you are able bodied and get federal benefits, like food stamps, you need to work, receive workforce training or participate in other educational development. Thanks to tax reform and President Trump’s deregulatory agenda, the unemployment rate is at a historic low and it’s time to move more people from welfare to work. I’m pleased that I worked in this year’s Farm Bill to protect President Trump’s ability to address some of the waste and fraud in the SNAP program.”
Earlier this week, Sen. Inhofe joined Sen. Lankford and twelve other Republican senators in sending a letter to Secretary Perdue that urged the Administration to take these steps.
“The current regulations allowing states to exempt ABAWDs from time limits and work requirements are too broad and do not meet the congressional intent of encouraging able-bodied Americans to get back to work,” the senators wrote.