HR 2 Reducing Fraud and Strengthening Work Requirements to Receive Government Assistance (Roll Call 195)
The McClintock (R-CA, ACUF Lifetime 98.8%) amendment to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (i.e., farm bill) encourages self-sufficiency by requiring participation in work and job training programs for roughly 70 percent of work-ready adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This amendment changes the bill's previous requirement that only 20 percent of work-ready SNAP recipients to participate. In addition to various other reforms, the amendment requires SNAP recipients who also receive job training to be verified as lawful residents of the country via the E-Verify system to ensure taxpayer resources are prioritized to U.S. citizens. ACU supports work and job training requirements that encourage welfare recipients to become self-sufficient and reduce intergenerational poverty and supported this amendment. The House defeated the amendment on May 17, 2018 by a vote of 83-330. The final farm bill failed to include any conservative reforms and was signed into law December 20, 2018.