Senate Republicans Split Over Welfare Reform

Senate Republicans are battling over whether a bill reauthorizing the nation’s food stamp program should boost work requirements for recipients.

The Senate-passed farm bill reauthorizes agriculture and nutrition assistance programs for five years. But the legislation does not include House-passed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, that would broaden work requirements and make it more difficult for states to waive them.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Thursday called on negotiators working on a House-Senate compromise to include the work requirements in the final version, going against Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas.

“I think having the work provisions is really important,” Cornyn told reporters Thursday. “Able-bodied people, people who can’t work, can train, can do community service. People who can’t should be exempted from that. I think the House got that right.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner.