Farm bill will not include SNAP work requirements
Posted on 12/11/2018 5:55:00 PM.

A Farm Bill is in conference committee with votes expected on a final version in Congress later this week. The bill houses the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or food stamps, along with farming policy for the next several years. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s disappointed the bill leaves out SNAP work requirements, but overall it’s a good bill.

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Rep. Abraham say farm bill has hit major stumbling block
Posted on 11/19/2018 5:30:00 AM.

Work continues during the lame duck session of Congress on approving a new Farm Bill, but work requirements for food stamp recipients continue to be a major stumbling block. Republican Representative Ralph Abraham from Richland Parish is pushing for work or educational requirements for able-bodied adults, but Democrats want to completely rewrite the bill.

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Congressman Abraham boasts benefits of Farm Bill passage in House
Posted on 6/21/2018 5:07:00 PM.

Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham calls the passage of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House a great day for America’s farmers. Abraham, who is the only member of Louisiana’s delegation on the agriculture committee, says it will help farmers recover from natural disasters.

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Audit: Number of dead people receiving SNAP sees drastic drop
Posted on 3/26/2018 4:53:00 PM.

The Department of Children and Family Services has seen a huge decrease in the number of dead people getting food stamps after implementing a successful new program in partnership with the Department of Health that helps identify recipients who’ve died.

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US Rep Graves files bill to help food stamp recipients find work
Posted on 6/29/2017 4:49:00 AM.

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he’s filed a common-sense approach to reforming the food stamp program that would impact able-bodied adults without dependents. Graves says his bill would connect SNAP recipients with job search and job training programs to help them find work opportunities.

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DCFS encourages residents to pre-register for disaster food stamps
Posted on 6/14/2017 3:13:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services encourages Louisiana residents to pre-register for disaster food stamps in preparation for hurricane season. Kim Matherne with DCFS says pre-registering gets your information in the system and makes things move smoother following a disaster.

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Drug felons will soon be eligible for food stamps
Posted on 6/7/2017 4:49:00 AM.

Drug felons will soon be eligible to receive food stamps upon their release from jail. In the 90s, offenders with drug related charges were barred from the program for one year after their release. The bill by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno lifts that ban. 

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Drug felons would be eligible for food stamps under House-approved bill
Posted on 5/31/2017 10:04:00 AM.

Drug felons would be eligible for food stamps for the first time in decades under a House-approved measure by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno. In the 1990s offenders with drug related charges were barred from the assistance program, while all other felons remained eligible.

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Bill to lift ban of food stamps for released drug related felons passes out of House Committee
Posted on 5/11/2017 4:24:00 AM.
A bill heading to the House Floor would lift the one year ban for individuals convicted of a drug related felony to receive food stamps and welfare benefits after being released from prison. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno says the ban was originally placed as a deterrent not to commit drug related crimes, but it hasn't work
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DCFS: Number of food stamp recipients up in Louisiana, down nationwide
Posted on 6/20/2016 10:36:00 AM.

The number of food stamp recipients is increasing in Louisiana, while that rate is falling nationwide. That’s according to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services nearly one in five Louisiana residents are on the federal food assistance program. Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, Jan Moller, says that increase is due to job loss in the oil and gas industry because low oil prices hurt Louisiana’s economy more than other states.

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