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House GOP eyes food stamp overhaul

10 months 1 week 4 days ago Wednesday, December 07 2016 Dec 7, 2016 December 07, 2016 10:24 AM December 07, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a fresh effort to overhaul the nation's food stamp program during Donald Trump's presidency, with the possibility of new work and eligibility requirements for millions of Americans.

The GOP majority of the House Agriculture Committee is releasing its two-year review on Wednesday. It stops short of making specific policy recommendations, but it does hint at areas that congressional Republicans could focus on with their GOP monopoly under Trump: strengthening current work requirements and perhaps creating new ones, tightening some eligibility requirements or creating new incentives to encourage food stamp recipients to buy healthier foods.

The food stamp program now serves about 43.6 million people and cost $74 billion in 2015.

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