In many states, the food stamp rule is already in place and working

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Thousands of able-bodied, childless adults are about to be removed from the food stamp rolls. That’s a good thing.

What defenders of the status quo mislabel as a “draconian” policy has worked across the country. It is helping help people move off government dependency and into better-paying jobs to provide for themselves and their families.

On Dec. 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized a rule that requires able-bodied adults without dependents to work, train, or volunteer in order to be eligible for food stamps. This requirement had already been in place since the historic welfare reform legislation passed in 1996, but this rule closes loopholes that states had been abusing to avoid implementation.