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Republicans criticize waiver of food stamp work requirements

9 months 1 week 3 days ago January 14, 2016 Jan 14, 2016 Thursday, January 14 2016 January 14, 2016 3:20 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Republicans are decrying Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to waive work requirements for thousands of food stamp recipients.

Edwards won approval to sidestep a federal requirement that childless adults aged 18 to 49 have to work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in a job training program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the waiver Wednesday. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal had sought to let the waiver expire.

Treasurer John Kennedy said the Edwards administration "opted against helping able-bodied adults to become self-sufficient."

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany criticized the Obama administration for granting the waiver that Edwards requested. Boustany said food stamps should be transitional, "not a way of life."

Boustany is running for one of Louisiana's U.S. Senate seats this fall. Kennedy is considering the race.

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