Attempt to cut SNAP benefits from Farm Bill could cause delay

Attempt to cut SNAP benefits from Farm Bill could cause delay

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Both Texas Senators are cracking down on non-disabled nutrition recipients, introducing an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill, making it tougher for some to qualify. 

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) provides benefits to Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. Senator Cruz says some beneficiaries are taking advantage of the system.   

"More than 1/3 of the country lives in areas with no work requirements. 33 states have some type of waiver on the work requirements, 28 states have partial waivers and 5 states in the District of Columbia have total waivers on work requirements. That's not right, and it's led to a troubling development," Cruz said. 

Senator Cornyn is proposing an amendment separate from Cruz's, to encourage work requirements too. He calls the benefits necessary, but recipients gaming the system take funds away from those who truly need them. 

Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington, a strong proponent for both the Farm Bill and its reforms to SNAP. 

"Without requiring able-bodied adults to work to receive government assistance, we will continue trapping low-incoming Americans in a bleak cycle of government dependence," Arrington said. 

David Weaver with the South Plains Food Bank doesn't believe schemes to live off welfare are common. 

"Most of the people that I see, who are on food stamps, if they could find a job with a living wage, they would do that. They may not have access to that, and they may not have the skills that they need," Weaver said. 

The objective is to get this bill done sooner rather than later, but this amendment could be a speed bump in the process according to Kody Bessent (Plains Cotton Growers).  

"Probably the biggest challenge in merging the two bills together will be the nutrition program. Obviously the house is a little different compared to the approach that the senate approach took and that'll be something they have to work out through conference," Bessent said. 

If the Bill does get passed in September, it'll be the first time that it is passed on time since 2002. 

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