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  • A growing economy provides opportunity to move more Americans off food stamps
    Posted in Op-Ed on December 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Houston Chronicle By Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network The American economy is growing rapidly, unemployment is at historic lows and job opportunities are everywhere. We can all agree it is a terrific time for Americans looking to enter the workforce. But when the Trump administration recently finalized a rule that simply holds states accountable to the bipartisan 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity A... Read more

  • Conaway Statement on Finalized ABAWD Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations

    Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule that supports the Administration’s commitment to promoting employment by applying common-sense standards to policies affecting able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released this statement following the announcement: “Not everyone in this country is a... Read more

  • Johnson: Not One Child
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations

    Washington, D.C. – In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule aiming to stop State abuse of eligibility determinations within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Tuesday, USDA released a requested analysis regarding the potential impact on free and reduced lunches for children in households affected by this proposed rule. Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee Ranking Member Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) made the following remarks:... Read more

  • Conaway, Johnson Praise Trump Administration’s Proposed Rule to Curb Abuse of SNAP Eligibility
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule to rein in an egregiously abused process that confers eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to households who receive nominal services or support from other social safety net programs, a pathway often referred to as Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE). After the announcement, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Nutrition, Oversight... Read more

  • Johnson, Conaway: Time to Eliminate an Egregious Abuse in Food Stamp Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee held a hearing on the impacts of eliminating an administrative abuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) called Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) that confers food stamps to those who might not otherwise meet the criteria to receive the benefit. After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway... Read more

  • Closing the Gap Between Welfare and Work
    Posted in Op-Ed on June 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations

    Florida Daily By Rep.Ted Yoho (FL-3), member of the House Agriculture Committee Recently, there have been a variety of stories in the news reflecting extensive fraud and abuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). In New Jersey alone, a grocery store employee admitted he took part in a $1.9 million SNAP fraud scheme, and separately, a couple admitted to exchanging over $4.5 million in SNAP benefits for cash across a period of four years. In Massa... Read more

  • Johnson, Conaway: ABAWDS Deserve Opportunities, Not Democrat Double-Talk
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations

    Washington, D.C. – Today the House Agriculture Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee held a hearing on the administration’s proposed rule to ensure waivers from work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) are preserved for those truly in need. After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following remarks: “Work has dignity. Work is opportunity. Work is not a d... Read more

  • House Ag Members Highlight Nutrition on House Floor
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, 2018 Farm Bill

    Yesterday, House Agriculture Committee members took to the House floor to highlight the importance of nutrition in the 2018 Farm Bill. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) maintains and strengthens the nation’s nutrition programs to assist those who struggle to put food on the table, while providing critical training to help people learn the skills necessary to gain well-paying jobs, financial self-sufficiency and better futures for themselves and their families. Below are highligh... Read more

  • Food-stamp work requirements will lift Americans out of poverty
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, 2018 Farm Bill

    USA Today There is a fundamental link between poverty and work. Individuals who hold full-time employment are 10 times less likely to be poor than people who are out of work during at least part of the year. But not every American has the skills and training needed to hold full-time employment. Teaching these skills takes time and resources, which is why for so long our nation has taken a piecemeal approach to supporting work and training to help move people out of poverty. Instead, we’ve focuse... Read more

  • Working on Food Stamps
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, 2018 Farm Bill

    WALL STREET JOURNAL ED BOARD April 11, 2018 A common refrain from businesses is that they can’t find enough workers. The unemployment rate is a low 4.1%, but one reason for the shortage are government benefits that corrode a culture of work. So credit to House Republicans for trying to fix disincentives in food stamps amid what are sure to be nasty and dishonest attacks. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway on Thursday will introduce a farm bill, though food stamps absorb much of the cost. Mo... Read more