Secretary Perdue’s decision follows Senator Sasse’s call for action

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to pursue regulatory reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that promote work requirements for able-bodied adults. Earlier this week, Sasse led a group of fourteen Senators urging the Department to promote work requirements for SNAP and update regulations governing state waivers. Today the Department of Agriculture did exactly that.

“The stuff that makes life great – families, communities, and work – doesn’t come from government, but Washington should help by rolling back bad policy and promoting the dignity of work,” said Senator Sasse. “Nebraskans want to make sure that we help folks who need it most and that federal policy encourages meaningful work that gets our family and neighbors back on their feet. A few days ago, we urged Secretary Perdue to make these SNAP reforms. Sonny gets it, and the Department of Agriculture is doing the right thing. This is good news.”


Today, the Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule that would promote meaningful work by restoring closing loopholes in the state waiver process for  work requirements for able-bodied SNAP recipients. 

Earlier this week, Senator Sasse led a group of fourteen Senators urging the Department of Agriculture to make these changes. Senator Sasse was joined by Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst, Jim Inhofe, Ron Johnson, John Kennedy, James Lankford, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Thom Tillis, Pat Toomey, and Todd Young.