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Strengthening a Vital Safety-Net Program


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3102, The Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act:

"For over 70 years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has provided support to millions of vulnerable Americans who have fallen on hard times and need help getting back on their feet. Today, the House passed vital reforms to strengthen the food stamp program, rooting out waste and abuse to ensure that assistance goes to those individuals most in need.

"In the spirit of the successful bipartisan welfare reform of the 1990's, our legislation reinstates the requirement that able-bodied individuals without children be actively engaged in either looking for a job, participating in job training, or working. The idea is simple: providing assistance for needy Americans while encouraging those who can work to build the skills they need to be self-reliant.

"The SNAP program is vital for many Americans, and the legislation passed today in the House meaningfully reforms the program to focus resources on those who need help most while strengthening and preserving the program for the long-term."

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