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Should Food Stamp Recipients Be Required to Work or Volunteer? [POLL]

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Florida Congressman Steve Southerland wants Congress to require adults who receive foods to work or volunteer in order to keep receiving the benefits. According to FOX, Southerland renewed his call for this plan on Sunday.

Southerland’s proposal was included in a House-passed version of a food stamp bill approved this past fall, but the House and Senate still have not agreed on final legislation addressing both food stamps and farm subsidies.

Southerland, co-chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s Anti-Poverty Initiative, stressed that his plan would exclude disabled people, seniors and children. He claimed most people would agree that food stamp recipients should work, train, look for work or volunteer while on the benefits.

But Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, noted that the other part of the House Republicans’ bill would cut billions from food stamps over the next decade, and said many households receiving the benefits are in fact working households.

“You’re actually sending a very bad message about work,” he said.

The House and Senate remain at odds over how and at what level to fund food stamps, which cost nearly $80 billion in fiscal 2012.

The House bill would cut nearly $40 billion over the next decade. The Senate plan, however, would cut just $4 billion.

What do you think? Should Congress have a work or volunteer requirement for able-bodied adults who get food stamps? Let us know in today’s KFYO Poll of the Day.

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