1 in 4 could lose food stamps under a GOP bill, study says

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About 1 in 4 people currently receiving food stamps, or about 10 million Americans, could lose access to the food aid under a Republican proposal that would expand work requirements to adults over 50 years old and to some families with children, according to a new analysis of the bill.

People in every state would be impacted if the proposal becomes law, although residents of Alaska, South Carolina and Oklahoma would be hardest hit, according to the study from the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The analysis is based on the number of households in those states that would fall under the new work requirements, such as older adults and families with children over 7.

Rep. Dusty Johnson, a Republican from South Dakota, and more than 20 other Republican lawmakers who introduced the bill earlier this month, say the America Works Act is needed to get more food-stamp recipients back in the workforce. But research shows that most recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the formal name for the food-stamp program, who can work are already working, said Dottie Rosenbaum, senior fellow at the CBPP.

"It's painting a picture of low-income people that is very inaccurate," Rosenbaum told CBS MoneyWatch of the proposal.

The new analysis "is a way of setting the record straight about some of the misunderstandings about who receives SNAP, the role that SNAP plays in reducing food insecurity and the role that it plays in supporting work and helping people to make ends meet when they are in low-wage jobs or in between jobs."

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