Washington Post - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is calling for an end to the federal food stamp program as part of a proposed revamp of the nation's welfare system.
Bush would end the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, generally known as food stamps, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Instead, state governments would be able to apply for new federal "Right to Rise" grants to pay for programs launched to assist lower-income residents.
"I know that giving states more flexibility will open the door for transformative ideas to eliminate poverty and increase opportunity," Bush wrote in a document outlining his plan released Friday morning.
Bush, a former Florida governor, unveiled the plan ahead of an appearance at an anti-poverty forum being held in South Carolina. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who has tried for years to overhaul federal anti-poverty programs, will appear at the Kemp Forum.
Ryan and congressional Republicans have pushed for reduced funding or the elimination of certain federal welfare programs like SNAP for the last several years, with mixed success.