The standards for receiving SNAP and welfare payments from the federal government will be changed under legislation filed by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.).
The “Let’s Get to Work Act of 2022” is a proposed amendment to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2021 and the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, according to WFLA News Channel 8.
For SNAP users who are healthy and do not have dependents, Scott suggests introducing job requirements (ABAWD). According to WFLA News, the age limitations for able-bodied people to obtain SNAP assistance have been decreased from 60 to 50 under pandemic law, and this applies even if the applicant has no dependents.
In an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, he stated, “Parents of children under the age of six, those who care for disabled persons, and those over 60 wouldn’t be subject to work restrictions for the government benefits I’ve detailed.”
These modifications to SNAP eligibility would be made by Scott’s proposed legislation:
- Put an end to the present suspension of ABAWDs’ SNAP work requirements.
- Expand SNAP employment requirements to parents of children older than six years old and able-bodied adults in the age range of 50 to 59. (except for parents with children under the age of 6 and persons who care for incapacitated individuals).
- Stop allowing states to get around the SNAP work requirements via “no-good-cause” exemptions from the ABAWD work requirement.
- Increase the grace period for parents and address the marriage penalty to enhance the employment requirements:
- If both partners meet the labor criteria, one spouse would not have to.
- To accommodate for the complexity of modern households, extend the “grace window” for parents with dependents who are unable to find employment from 3 months to 6 months over 3 years.
He suggested modifying the Section 8 regulations of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in addition to SNAP program adjustments.
“Government-sponsored initiatives like SNAP and public housing are intended to serve as safety nets for individuals who are in need. In the op-ed, he said, “We need these programs, but we shouldn’t design a framework that devalues labor.
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