James P. McGovern

Republican plan to tighten food stamp work requirements advances despite opposition

House Republicans pushed forward Wednesday with a plan to strengthen work requirements for food stamps, even as Democrats excoriated the proposal as an "ideological crusade" that would hurt the poor, burden state governments and endanger the passage of major food and farming legislation.

The plan, introduced last week as part of the 2018 Farm Bill, would dramatically expand mandatory state workfare programs in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, and require that most adults between 18 and 59 enroll or work at least a part-time job to receive benefits.

In a 26-2o vote on party lines, the House Agriculture Committee moved to...