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Black Leaders Praise Proposed Food Stamp Work Requirement in Farm Bill



Provision of the "Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018" (HR 2, the "Farm Bill") "Compliant" With Project 21's "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America"

 A provision of the "Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018" (HR 2, the "Farm Bill") requiring able-bodied recipients who receive food stamp benefits to work is "Blueprint Compliant," according to the black leadership network Project 21. This means it is consistent with a recommendation included in the group's"Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America," says the group.

"We don't live in a world of unlimited resources. We absolutely must separate out the greedy from the needy," said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. "When those who are able to provide for themselves are not competing for help, the truly needy will find that substantially greater resources remain."

Among the policies in Project 21's Blueprint designed to reduce black unemployment is welfare reform that includes a new work requirement for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or "food stamps"). Project 21 indicated that it included the provision to build upon the success of landmark 1996 welfare reform provisions which dramatically reduced welfare rolls and encouraged employment and training for millions of Americans while doing so.

The Farm Bill – by simplifying, refining and standardizing SNAP work requirements as well as instituting a 20-hour minimum work-participation requirement for able-bodied recipients – would further the goals of the Blueprint, the group indicated.

"There are more than 9 million able-bodied men and women receiving taxpayer assistance in this country who do not hold a job. That must end, and the House's Farm Bill is the first step to making that happen, added Cooper. "We are a generous country. We are a charitable people. But we are hurting people if we ignore the importance of ending cycles of dependence for the able-bodied. The federal government must be accountable for the actions it takes when, in the name of helping people, it condemns them to a lifetime of dependence."

Blueprint-Compliant actions by policymakers in Congress and the White House will be collected and posted on the Project 21 website

Project 21 leaders have briefed key staff at the White House and on Capitol Hill about the 57 policy ideas – spread out over 10 subject areas and covering education, criminal justice, economics and more – that are available in its "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America." In April, members also briefed the staff of the House Agriculture Committee.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over 25 years, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy ResearchIts members have been quoted, interviewed or published over 40,000 times since the program was created in 1992. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated, and may be earmarked exclusively for the use of Project 21.

Founded in 1982, the National Center for Public Policy Research is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from some 60,000 individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations. Sign up for email updates here.

Follow Project 21 on Twitter at @Project21News for general announcements. To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by Project 21 members, follow our media appearances Twitter account at @NCPPRMedia

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Comment by Richard Younge on Thursday

I looked at the web page for Project 21 and what I saw was a lot of self righteousness and a lot of talk.  Your members want to make speeches and tell "young black men and women" that they need to go to work; but what I didn't see was how you are going to provide living wage jobs for them.  Bragging on being successful, because you have been accepted and have a good job is a form of dependence also!  If you truly have a success model in your mind for Black America, why not form investment pools and make investments in Black Businesses and provide the jobs that you think these people need to work?  I know, you are saying, why don't I do it.  I have tried, but "BROTHERS" like yourselves are afraid to invest in Black Business, on any level.  Did any of you take a bath in Real Estate in the George W. Bush era.  Black men with real money would rather make charitable contributions, for tax write offs, than to invest in a Black Business because it might fail!  True, it might fail, but has no one told you that a business loss is a tax write off also?  The difference is the business might succeed and you may make a fortune; the tax write off will only be worth 40 cents on the dollar.  The I've got mine loftiness doesn't help those who have not put food on the table.  If you don't want them selling drugs and gaming food stamps, help build a Black Sub-Economy and challenge them to earn an honest living.  Talk is Cheap!!!


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