BATON ROUGE — Republicans on Thursday criticized Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to waive work requirements for thousands of food stamp recipients, saying the assistance program should only be a short-term safety net.

Edwards won approval to sidestep a federal requirement that childless adults aged 18 to 49 have to work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in a federally approved job training program to receive the food aid.

States that meet certain U.S. Labor Department criteria have been able to get waivers from the work requirements in federal law. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal had sought to let

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