Food stamp fraud is a huge expense for American taxpayers. But because of its politically sensitive nature, very little has been done about it.
For example, did you know it’s STILL possible to collect food stamps without an ID? But Republicans in Congress are ready to change that:
Several GOP lawmakers have proposed a new bill that would require photo identification to use food stamps.
Arguing that taxpayers lose $858 million a year on food stamp fraud, they say the bill will ensure that food stamp benefits actually belong to the person who is using them by requiring retailers to check the photo ID of a person every time they attempt to use the federal program.
One of the co-sponsors, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), joined Tucker Carlson on “Fox and Friends” this morning to explain his support of the bill.
“I think it’s perfectly appropriate when the taxpayers are losing almost a billion dollars a year to fraud in the SNAP program – which is the food stamp program. I think it’s perfectly appropriate to require a low hurdle like an ID,” Bridenstine said.
He explained it doesn’t even have to be a driver’s license. It can be any card that has a picture ID on it, such as a library card.
With 46.2 million Americans on food stamps, 50 percent of the USDA Office of the Inspector General’s resources go to fighting food stamp fraud. There were over 551 convictions in 2013 alone.
via Fox News
Sadly, nothing can stop the fraud which comes from food stamp recipients bartering/selling what they purchase in exchange for alcohol and drugs. However, this is a HUGE step in the right direction, and will save almost a $1 billion.
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