New Congress is set to debate an immigration bill that would allow some states to limit food stamp benefits to only certain types of households, including single parents and those without children.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Sens.
Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas, would allow states to set their own limits for food stamps to exclude households with children and those who don’t have children.
It’s unclear how much the bill would increase the number of households eligible for food stamp assistance, and how much it would reduce the number eligible for SNAP benefits.
A bipartisan group of senators, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is proposing to increase the maximum amount that states could give food stamp recipients to $5,000 a year for families with two or more children.
They have been advocating for the change for some time.
A similar bill, introduced by Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, would limit food stamps for the poorest families to households with two children or fewer.
In its Senate version, the Senate is considering an amendment that would provide $1,000 in SNAP benefits to families who have children of one.
It also would limit SNAP benefits for families earning less than $30,000 per year to those who have one child.
But it’s unclear whether the bill will get the required two-thirds support to pass in the Senate, or if Republicans will simply vote no.
A number of Republicans, including GOP Sens.
Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, have voiced concerns that the bill could limit the ability of families to access SNAP benefits, particularly for single parents with children.
“It will be a huge burden on low-income families,” Paul said in an interview last week.
“I think it will have a huge impact on families,” Lee said on CBS.
“We want to help those who are able to get food stamps, but we don’t want to restrict the ability to get the food stamp program.”
The Senate bill also proposes to limit SNAP payments to people who are “disabled” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, or have been denied a job-seeking opportunity.
The House version of the bill, which would make it easier for the Senate bill to pass, would not address those provisions, said the Republican Study Committee, a conservative House GOP caucus.
The Senate measure would also restrict SNAP payments for people who have been charged for services, or who are on public assistance, or whose health care coverage is inadequate.
Senators on the GOP Study Committee said the House bill does not provide adequate funding for these programs.
They also called the House measure a partial fix, arguing that the Senate proposal would have increased benefits to more people, and they would need more time to study the bill.
The measure is also a way to get around a budget fight over the federal government’s long-term budget.
The federal government has been unable to fund its current spending level since December, when the Republican-controlled House passed a budget that was less than a year ahead of President Donald Trump’s.
The GOP bill would not only allow states more flexibility, but also allows states to make additional changes.
States could add a child, increase a family size, or increase benefits for certain individuals, the GOP bill says.
The legislation also provides a way for states to reduce the amount of food stamp money that is given to those on public benefits.
States that increase SNAP benefits would have to pay back some of the money they receive.
For example, if a state gives a family a food stamp benefit of $50,000 and gives it to one child, the state would have a $2,500 cash payment from the federal program.
States who decrease SNAP benefits could also receive additional funds, and the amount that is available to states would not be cut.
The American Action Forum, a think tank in Washington, DC, told Al Jazeera that “there is no way” that the House plan will pass.
The idea is “just not credible, the proposal does not get enough votes,” AAF President and CEO Dan Schoen said in a statement.
“It is not feasible.
There is no plausible path to get it through the Senate.”
The House bill would also make SNAP payments conditional on a person’s employment.
It would be subject to audits and would not have a cap on how much food stamps could be spent.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, the bill’s main sponsor, told reporters on Friday that he is confident that the measure will pass the Senate.
A bill passed in the House last week would have provided $1.6 billion in SNAP payments over five years to help families make ends meet.AAPA and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities both said in comments that this bill is unlikely to pass.
The Senate bill is likely to pass and send it to President Donald J. Trump, who has been critical of the bipartisan food stamp reform effort.