Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to implement desperately-needed welfare reform with the unsuccessful passage of the 2018 House Farm Bill. The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) encourages lawmakers to remain committed to delivering real reform to millions of able-bodied Americans who are dependent on food stamps.
The commonsense reforms included in H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 would have expanded work requirements to more able-bodied adults and moved millions of Americans from welfare to work. Despite a booming economy and a record number of open jobs, the number of able-bodied adults on food stamps remains near record-high levels, having nearly tripled since 2000.
“With over six million open jobs across the country and a near-record low unemployment rate, there is no better time to move millions of able-bodied Americans off welfare and back to work,” said FGA President and CEO Tarren Bragdon. “Lawmakers should continue to advocate for expanded work requirements and commonsense reforms that will give millions of Americans the opportunity to lift themselves out of dependency.”
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non–profit, multi–state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and work reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.