Skip to comments.CRS report:# of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement
Posted on 09/19/2012 3:10:14 PM PDT by STARWISE
Complete Title: CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement
Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not gut the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administrations suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.
In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law, Cantor said in an emailed statement. Its time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.
Under the rule adopted in 1996, food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents were limited to three months in a 36-month period unless the participant in the program works at least 20 hours a week; participates in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or participates in a (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) workfare program for at least 20 hours per week.
Obamas economic stimulus legislation suspended the rule for all states starting April 2009. Delaware continued to enforce the rule anyway, along with New York City and parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Texas. This suspension expired at the end of the 2010 fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2010) and Congress rebuffed Obamas requests to extend it in his fiscal years 2011 and 2012 budgets. However, Obama used his regulatory authority to effectively extend the waivers to nearly all states over the past two years. (The law grants the executive the authority to do this in states where the unemployment rate is above 10 percent or theres a lack of sufficient jobs.)
Though the weakening of the economy would have led to an increase in food stamp usage with or without a waiver, the doubling of the use of food stamps by the able-bodied population without dependents exceeded the 43 percent increase in food stamp usage among the broader population over the same 2008 to 2010 time frame. This gives more weight to the idea that the waiver fueled the food stamp growth among the population it affected, beyond where it would have been even in a weak economy.
The CRS report does not have data for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years.
Read the full report here.
Give to the morally handicapped, or we’ll say you hurt the children. Never mind. You’re giving anyway, whether you like it or not. Now the poor will all vote for us, for keeping them poor, and your mangy little dog, too. Nyahahaha!
Insidious, rapacious evil? What insidious, rapacious evil?/sarc
Someone stole her Obama money! Ahhhh!
(Hi, MM and dear O .. ;)
The Welfare Queens return ...Bami’s givin’ them his stash..
I saw a Guy...( New To this Country) who worked at the same Job as me...sitting in His New car at Lunch time
Filling out a Food stamp aplication...He worked Full time at the same Place as me......I dont know for sure if he was needy or not....but I am sure that people are using Food Stamps to increase their Net Income in order to afford More things.
I struggle every Day to keep my head above the waves....
It Pisses Me off to see people abusing the system just because they can get away with it.
I have one living next door to me on food stamps, and disability...He has a nicer car than mine...and most days when I’m on my way to work, he’s laying on his hammock in his back yard...and I’m thinking, “What’s wrong with this picture?”
Disgusting and so demoralizing .. both.
This can’t be! In his convention speech Clinton said obama INCREASED the work requirement.
I personally know a family here whose grandmother is a multimillionaire and they’re on food stamps to the tune of $1200 a month.
It’s all such a scam.
They’re the “give ‘em an inch, and they take a mile” crowd.
They’re very familiar to me. I had a brother-in-law, now deceased, who claimed he had a bad back, but it didn’t stop him from giving my sister eight kids. He let my sister work every day and clean house every evening of her life while he stayed home and raised a pack of welfare babies who almost all turned into thugs, druggies, and convicted felons.
Their two daughters did not get out of “the life” either, and they also birthed a string of welfare babies.
Only one of their six sons escaped, now owns his own business, and is a devout Christian. He moved to the east coast, as far away from his left-coast siblings as he could get and still be in the United States.