Some Governors Oppose Expanded Social Program Work Requirements

Letter sent to Congress from a group of state governors.

The governors of 10 states sent a letter this week to congressional leaders in both the House and the Senate, in opposition to certain provisions contained in the debt limit bill. The provisions would expand the work requirements for Americans receiving certain social program assistance. It would require people between the ages of 18 and 56 to participate in at least 20 hours of work training per week to receive federal benefits for more than three months, which could potentially cut off millions of Americans from those benefits.

“While Congressional leaders have clarified that Medicare and Social Security will not face any cuts, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, and discretionary spending — literal lifelines for millions of Americans nationwide — are on the chopping block,” the letter stated, signed by the governors of Michigan, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For state governors as they express their preferences and expectations to the federal government.
  • For members of the House and Senate as they consider the national budget and federal spending.
  • For wisdom for Congressional leaders as they negotiate the proposed spending cuts.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill


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