As a nation, we’re experiencing one of the best economies that we’ve had in decades. Unemployment is down, wages are up, and with over six million available jobs across the nation, there’s never been a better time to be a job-seeker. And that means that there’s no better time than now to move the millions of able-bodied adults currently trapped on welfare off the sidelines and into these available jobs. Congress and the Trump administration have capitalized on this unique opportunity by pushing for historic welfare reform that expands work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps in the House Farm Bill and by rolling out the same work requirement for state Medicaid programs.
Reinstating work as the bedrock of the welfare system is imperative if we are to reprioritize the truly needy, continue to boost the economy and reduce the dependency crisis in America. Having a job is the single-best indicator of whether someone will fall into dependency. Research has shown time and time again that work requirements for able-bodied adults are the most effective way to quickly move adults from welfare to work and ensure that the safety net is preserved for the truly needy.