Controversy Over Food Stamps
- Duration 2:07
- Date Sep 21, 2012
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How does the numbers rise -- very quickly.
Greg because typically adults who don't have any dependents can only stay on food stamps for three months the less they work twenty hours a week and participate.
In employment training and workfare programs but when the president signed the American recovery and reinvestment act better known as the stimulus.
And -- law in 2009.
States were allowed to ignore that three month limit for able bodied adults who don't work twenty hours a week so for seventeen months.
From April 2009 to October 2010.
More and more able bodied adults stayed on food stamps in 2008 before the stimulus was signed almost 7%.
Of everyone receiving food stamps wasn't able bodied adult without a dependent.
They made up almost 10% of everyone on food stamps and house majority leader Eric Cantor says this report once again confirms the President Obama has severely -- it.
The welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton -- -- into law it's time to reinstate these common sense measures and focus on creating job growth.
For those in need but despite Republican objections the president's budget in 2011.
2012 and 2013.
Has requested further suspension of those three month.
Work limit time limits rather for folks who don't have jobs but so far none of those budgets have been signed into law.
Peter why does the administration.
Want to allow all these so called able body adults to stay and food stamps.
Greg they say it will help the jobless and the government and here's their reasoning from the president's own 2011 budget quote.
Extending the American recovery and reinvestment -- able bodied adults without -- provision would improve their access.
To nutritious food because they will not be subject time restraints.
The extension would also improve the administration of the program by reducing waiver workload so basically the argument is -- everyone can stand -- program.
Then the government won't be burdened with requests from media folks who want waivers to stand food stamps longer than -- --