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    Food stamps cause government dependency

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    Many people who get food stamps also have jobs


    Many people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) already have jobs, and most new participants leave the program after less than a year.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers SNAP, reported that in the fiscal year 2012, "42 percent of all SNAP participants lived in a household with earnings." The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, similarly reported, “Most SNAP recipients who can work do so. Among SNAP households with at least one working-age, non-disabled adult, more than half work while receiving SNAP -- and more than 80 percent work in the year prior to or the year after receiving SNAP.” In fact, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, “there is a special work requirement for able-bodied adults” that limits benefits unless the participant works at least 20 hours per week.

    In addition, the USDA reported in 2011 that “half of all new participants will leave the program within ten months."