US Representative Jim Jordan Is Just An Idiot

portrait of Rep. Jim Jordan

It’s times like these when I’m glad I was gerrymandered out of Ohio’s 4th Congressional District. Republican Jim Jordan is a cheap labor conservative who wants to punish poor people for being poor. He claims he wants to ‘cut the deficit’ but he recently showed he still doesn’t know how food stamps work.

“Rep. Jim Jordan, an Urbana Republican who has long championed welfare reform, said the move is overdue.

He said reforming welfare would “help everyone — help the economy, help the budget, help employers and most importantly, help people stuck in the dependency welfare lifestyle.”

“Every single day when I’m out and about in the district, I’m talking to employers who are finding it difficult to find people to work,” he said. “There are employment needs out there.”

Still, he’s not sure if he’ll back the bill when it comes to the floor of the House. He’s concerned about the money devoted to workforce development. “I’m nervous about another government program,” he said.”

Farm bill creates latest push for ‘welfare reform’

He’s been here before. Back 2011 he tried to get a bill through that had a work requirement for SNAP. Just like back in 2011, it seems Jordan needs a reminder that SNAP has had a work requirement since 1996:

In general, people must meet work requirements to be eligible for SNAP. These work requirements include:

Registering for work;
Not voluntarily quitting a job or reducing hours;
Taking a job if offered; and
Participating in employment and training programs, if assigned by the State.

Failure to comply with these requirements can result in disqualification from the Program.

In addition, able bodied adults without dependents are required to work or participate in a work program for at least 20 hours per week in order to receive SNAP benefits for more than 3 months in a 36-month period.

What are the SNAP work requirements?

Also most people who use SNAP are working. And Jordan doesn’t see the reason to actually fund the training needed to get the “jobs” for the food. 

Jim Jordan is an idiot and an awful human being.