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Congress has work to do after the midterms

Oct 28, 2018

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Congress is scheduled to return to work a week after the midterm elections. 

There’s one item many Michigan charities hope they take up first.

The federal farm bill expired earlier this month.   Among the issues Senate and House members could not agree to involved work requirements to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program also known as SNAP.

The Senate passed a bill in June giving SNAP recipients three months to find a job. The House version would only give them one month.

“We obviously know, any of us who’ve looked for a job, it’s not easy to find a job in month,” says Mike Larson, president and CEO of the Michigan Association of United Ways.  

Larson hopes the House will agree to the Senate bill during its lame duck session rather than let the bill die and put the food aid many Michiganders rely on at risk.