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Work requirements in debt bill are ‘onerous’

On Friday’s broadcast of Bloomberg’s “Sound On,” Heather Boushey, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said it was crucial that veterans and the homeless be spared the ” onerous work requirements” for SNAP benefits within the debt limit and that it looks as if access to food stamps will increase overall, but the estimates at this point are “very, both preliminary and subject to variable”.

Boushey said, [relevant remarks begin around 4:30] “Look, the important thing here is that the president was focused on keeping his priorities straight. And certainly making sure veterans had access, homeless people had access to food stamps was a important priority. And making sure that – as we worked through this process – that his priorities were put forward as things that he was protecting under this bipartisan agreement.

Host Joe Mathieu then asked, “But that’s right, isn’t it, that access to the SNAP program was actually extended at the end here, neat, neat?”

Boushey replied, “Yes. And – I mean, I think that’s what it looks like. Admittedly, it is – it is important to remind your listeners that this is a relatively small portion of the American population. And so, all estimates are, of course, very, both preliminary and subject to variance. But what’s really important is that these people who are veterans, these people who are homeless don’t have to deal with that – onerous work demands.

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