The Huffington Post quotes Global Business and Economics Program Senior Fellow Douglas Besharov from his testimony before the House Committee on Agriculture on ways to modify and update the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):
In a signal that he’s trying to strike a more conciliatory tone, Conaway didn’t invite any conservative bomb-throwers to testify before the committee. Instead, he opted for Greenstein and Douglas Besharov, a public professor at the University of Maryland who offered modest criticism of nutrition assistance. Bersharov said that while SNAP and other safety net programs helped eradicate starvation in the United States, it has evolved from an anti-hunger program into an income support program.
“It is income support and we ought to treat it that way,” Bersharov said, suggesting lawmakers look for ways to nudge more SNAP recipients into the workforce.