FGA Applauds Sen. Rick Scott for Introducing the “Let’s Get to Work Act” Requiring Work in Food Stamp and Housing Programs

Naples, FL—The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) applauds Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) for introducing the Let’s Get to Work Act today. The Let’s Get to Work Act reinstates and expands work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps or public housing benefits. 

The newly introduced legislation would enact needed welfare reforms such as ending the current suspension of work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs), expanding the food stamp work requirements to able-bodied adults aged 50-59 and to parents of school-aged children, eliminating “no-good-cause exemptions,” and establishing work requirements for public housing.

 “For too long, the Left has waged a war on work. That needs to end today. Policies put in place during the pandemic to pay people more to sit at home than go back to work are the radical Left’s latest and boldest move to boost government dependency. If we let it go on, it will ruin our country. That’s why, today, I am introducing the Let’s Get to Work Act,” said Sen. Rick Scott. “But living your dreams in this country takes work and I know that firsthand. I grew up poor, lived in public housing and watched my mom work hard every day just to put food on the table. I thank God that she never told me or my siblings to expect a handout and instilled in us the value of hard work. For our country to thrive, we need every American who can work to do so. Americans know that a job is the very best thing for a family. A job creates income, independence, and security—it’s the foundation of the American Dream. I believe that any able-bodied, working-age adult who receives government benefits ought to work. This requirement means that those who receive benefits paid for with taxpayer dollars have skin in the game and contribute to our economy.”

FGA recognizes this legislation is a strong step towards getting Americans back to work and helping millions achieve the American Dream.

“We know work works. Americans have long understood and overwhelmingly supported work requirements in the food stamp and housing programs. At a time of record-high open jobs and near record-low labor force participation, Sen. Scott’s commonsense reforms are critical to tame inflation and get Americans back to work,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA President and CEO. “As Governor of Florida, Sen. Scott saw the power of work requirements in action lifting people out of dependency and driving economic growth for all. The Let’s Get to Work Act is powerful and proven legislation that will raise up individuals from dependency to self-sufficiency and empower them through work.”

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The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.