By allowing customized food stamp programs through block grants, "it encourages states to help recipients find work," Ryan's budget said, adding there should be time limits and work requirements for food stamp recipients.
Two-thirds of food stamp recipients are children, the elderly and disabled people, according to the think tank Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
Food stamp advocates said the block grant proposal amounted to a $150 billion cut when Ryan proposed it in 2012 because of its limits on funds. This time, Ryan said the grants would be "indexed for inflation and eligibility." Some Republicans want to tighten eligibility requirements for the program.
Food stamp benefits are scheduled to fall in November with the expiration of an increase approved as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package.