GOP rep: Require food stamp recipients to work

GOP rep: Require food stamp recipients to work

A Republican congressman renewed his call Sunday for Congress to require able-bodied adults on food stamps to work or volunteer in order to keep receiving the benefits, as the rolls of the welfare program have grown to a record 47 million people.

“I think it makes sense,” Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., said on “Fox News Sunday,” after a week during which the Obama administration proposed new initiatives to target poverty. Both parties are floating ideas to address poverty and “income inequality,” 50 years after the “War on Poverty” was first waged, to limited success.

Southerland’s proposal was included in a House-passed version of a food stamp bill approved this past fall, but the House and Senate still have not agreed on final legislation addressing both food stamps and farm subsidies.

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