President Trump is expected to tell senior lawmakers that he’ll veto the farm bill working its way through Congress if it doesn’t include tighter work requirements for people on food stamps, a source familiar with the discussions told Fox News.
Legislation that passed the House Agriculture Committee last month would already tighten existing work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) while expanding funding for state training programs.
The House bill would require all “work-capable adults” between 18 and 59 to work or participate in work training for 20 hours per week, meaning a greater number of people would have to work or enroll in work training.
According to a committee fact sheet, seniors, disabled people, those caring for children under 6 and pregnant women would be exempt.
Democrats had objected furiously to the SNAP reforms in the House bill, claiming it could throw as many as two million people off the program and create bulky bureaucracies to keep up with extensive rule keeping, while not providing enough money for job training.
“This legislation would create a giant, untested bureaucracies at the state level. It cuts more than $9 billion in benefits and rolls those savings into state slush funds where they can use the money to operate other aspects of SNAP,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the top Democrat on the House committee. “Let me be clear: this bill, as currently written, kicks people off the SNAP program.”