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H.R.4731: Welfare Reform Act of 2014

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about social welfare
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Sponsor Jim Jordan, R-Ohio
Total Cosponsors 13 (All Republicans)
Introduced May 22, 2014
Latest Major Action Nov. 17, 2014
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Bill Summary

Welfare Reform Act of 2014 - Amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to declare that it should be the purpose of the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program) to increase employment, encourage healthy marriage, and promote prosperous self-sufficiency, which means the ability of households to maintain an income above the poverty level without services and benefits from the federal government.

Declares that food or a food product shall be considered a food under such Act only if it is a bare essential (as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture [USDA]).

Defines "able-bodied, work capable adult" and "physically or mentally incapable of work."

Prescribes additional conditions of participation, denying SNAP eligibility, for instance, to any able-bodied, work-capable adult who: (1) refuses to register for employment or without good cause accept an offer of employment at a certain wage, (2) refuses without good cause to ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 17, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
July 7, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition.
May 23, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
May 22, 2014 Referred to House Education and the Workforce
May 22, 2014 Referred to House Energy and Commerce
May 22, 2014 Referred to House Rules
May 22, 2014 Referred to House Budget
May 22, 2014 Referred to House Ways and Means
May 22, 2014 Referred to House Agriculture