Sunday, May 26, 2024

Kennedy introduces welfare accountability package to bolster U.S. economy, empower workers

by BIZ Magazine

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today introduced two bills, the Jobs and Opportunities for SNAP Act and the Jobs and Opportunities for Medicaid Act, to bring capable Americans back into the workforce, strengthen the U.S. economy and fight poverty. 

“Ultimately, the best cure for poverty is a job. Taxpayers want to see that their hard-earned dollars are supporting those who can’t work, not bankrolling those who won’t work. Congress can start ending the cycle of poverty by helping able-bodied Americans become upwardly mobile—so they can enjoy the freedom and success that government dependence can’t offer anyone,” said Kennedy.

The Jobs and Opportunities for SNAP Act would reinstate work requirements for able-bodied adults who do not have dependents to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The Jobs and Opportunities for Medicaid Act would require all able-bodied adults to work or volunteer for at least 20 hours per week in order to receive Medicaid benefits.

Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-Kan.) is leading both bills in the House of Representatives.

The Jobs and Opportunities for SNAP Act is available here.

The Jobs and Opportunities for Medicaid Act is available here.

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