Healthy, childless resort to food stamps in record numbers

Healthy, childless resort to food stamps in record numbers

One reason for the catastrophic growth in the number of ABAWDs [“able-bodied adults without dependents”] is Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill, which opened the door for states to waive the work provision required of ABAWDs. That work provision mandated that to continue receiving food stamps, after three months of being unemployed ABAWDs must work or perform some type of work activity 20 hours per week.

Spending on food stamps now totals somewhere around $80 billion, twice what the number was in Fiscal Year 2008.

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