Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) introduced a bill on Thursday that would streamline the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) to save taxpayers $30 billion over 10 years.
“Since President Obama came into office, SNAP participation has increased at 10 times the rate of job creation, the annual spending on SNAP has doubled, and one in seven Americans now participates in SNAP,” said Thune. “This explosive growth in both the SNAP enrollment and federal cost of the program is alarming and requires lawmakers to take cost-effective legislative control measures.”
The SSNAP (Streamlining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Act addresses skyrocketing food stamp enrollments through a series of provisions, including: imposing a penalty on states that engage in improper SNAP payments for three consecutive years and limiting “categorical eligibility” which automatically enrolls an individual in the food stamp program if they qualify for other welfare programs.
In the recent “Boomtown 2: The Business of Food Stamps” Fox News special, Government Accountability Institute President and Co-Founder Peter Schweizer and Breitbart News Executive Chairman and GAI Co-Founder Stephen K. Bannon reported that categorical eligibility has driven up food stamp enrollments dramatically in the last several years. Today, 47,772,108 individuals receive food stamp benefits.
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