Food stamp waiver for Southside possible

Under welfare reform passed by House, state could loosen some rules; measure now heads to Senate

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Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013 7:08 pm

Following its passage in the House of Representatives Thursday, U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, R-5th District, has given a few answers as to how the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act — also known as Welfare Reform 2.0 — will affect Southside Virginia.

The bill restores provisions made in the 1996 bipartisan welfare reforms. It features many changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — more commonly known as food stamps — including tighter eligibility restrictions on work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents.

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