The 1996 Welfare reform bill hits again

Max Ehrenfreund and Roberto Ferdman report the latest news in today’s Washington Post

Tens of thousands of Americans just lost their food stamps

A 20-year-old rule that was suspended in many places during the recession requires that adults without children or disabilities have a job to receive food stamps for more than three months, and today is that cutoff for many recipients.

The rule was part of the 1996 welfare reform which didn’t just convert AFDC to TANF but also restricted food stamp eligibility.

Who wants to tell me again that the 1996 bill is ancient history and I should stop grinding old axes. Ed ? Kevin ? Bueller ?