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Rep. John Faso is in the vanguard of House Republicans seeking to stiffen the work requirement for the 44 million Americans on food stamps, including  2.8 million New Yorkers, many living in impoverished rural communities of upstate.

 The Kinderhook Republican, who faces a wide field of Democratic contenders itching to limit his career on Capitol Hill to one term, says he believes SNAP —Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as food stamps are now called — is “an essential program for many families” in New York, including his 19th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.