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Awesome! Congress Will CRACKDOWN on Food Stamp Fraud with THIS…

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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.

Do you support checking I.D.s to receive food stamps? Please leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Comments

17 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    ANY controls added are a great start. Tighter regulation on the vendors who accept food stamps … heavy fines: loss of business license: etc. … should follow. Remove the temptations and return them for what they were meant for: feeding the unfortunate!

  2. Dennis says:

    this would be a start but there more that need to be done like people getting food stamp and welfare check and have 2 or 3 people in the house hold that work every day for cash

  3. Jefferey says:

    My benefit card has my photo on it and they all should, however the photo is outdated. It’s about time to end food stamp abuse because it ruins it for those who don’t.

  4. Tony says:

    Hell most people that get food stamps sell them.They have the person take them to the store and pick out what they say if its 100.00 worth of food they sell it for 50.00 i seen them do it,Then they go to these food banks to get help

  5. Holly says:

    Sad that common sense is so UNCOMMON in DC! Should have been done long ago!

  6. Nichole says:

    What a great idea! Should have been a part of government assistance to begin with. However it still won’t stop those from buying first then selling the groceries to someone for cash.

  7. Need to test them for drugs too!!!!

  8. Maggie says:

    You have to go though a fairly detailed process to obtain foodstamps. Even if you are homeless, you have to have an address and you have to have someone vouch for you that you are who you say you are and that you are staying there or at least receiving mail from there. They ask all sorts of questions, including things like, what county were you born in. They ask about your reason for being indigent. They ask about checking accounts, assets, and all of that. They check you out. What the thing that they are cracking down on is other people using the card to make purchases. While that sounds good, in theory, it doesn’t really address the main group of folks that use the cards of other people…..family. Ill, elderly, and/or disabled people often can’t do their own shopping. Friends or family usually take on the task of helping with these tasks. This crackdown will only keep those most in need from being able to get their groceries, because they can’t get to the store. If there is a process being built in to allow for other caregivers to use the cards, it’s more red tape that these folks really don’t need to have to deal with given their current life situations. It might sound good on paper, but in practice it’s not a great idea.

  9. Darlene says:

    I have no problem with the ID situation. However, there are people who cannot always get to the store and have family members/neighbors go for them. The other issue here is….I don’t know of ANY state where you don’t have to show a picture ID to get benefits. Now, if there are states that do not require this ID, that would be the states fault and THEY should be sanctioned…NOT the recipient. Not needing an ID to get the benefits is probably why there is so much fraud. All the illegal immigrants in this country taking food from hardworking Americans. Yeah, Yeah…I know most of them work. The fact is, they don’t pay taxes though so why should they get to reap benefits that American citizens have worked and paid into for years? Unfortunately, the government spending more money on something that will likely, just like the drug testing, cost more than it will save.

  10. Amy says:

    It’s not who uses the foodstamps that is the real reason for the huge fraud dollars but the application process itself that is the problem. Start there first!

  11. amoremodestproposal says:

    Are you guys saying that those 551 convictions (out of 46 million + beneficiaries!!!) cost $1 billion to prosecute? Besides, food stamps are not issued to individuals, they are issued to households, which means mom, dad or the kids can use them, so requiring a photo ID will probably prove too expensive, just in litigation fees once the new laws are challenged–and subsequently struck down, in all likelihood. Mountains out of molehills. This is what happens when people legislate from their bowels instead of their brains.
    P.S. My older brother is a cop. His wife works and they have 3 kids, twins 11 and one 4 year old. On their behalf, I would like to thank Republicans in Washington for taking food from their mouths (cutting SNAP benefits), because in America, you can be hardworking “poor” and still treated like trash. Thank you. You make me sick…

    1. Jeffrey says:

      Another funny one!! you guys are on a roll tonight!! “taking food from their mouthes” by requiring an ID, now that one is really stretching it!!

    2. John says:

      This is the Republicans, fault? Cops make good money, and his wife works? sounds like they should have enough money to go around. Maybe a financial adviser is what they need. Sorry, your argument is out the window! Next?

  12. jimmys50 says:

    Could you please tell me where you get your number of $858 million in fraud, in the food stamp program? I am in favor of I.D.’s to stop any fraud, however library cards in my city will not work since they do not have a photo. Would you make the photo I.D. available for free to those who need food stamps. Why does the USDA say the SNAP program continues to have one of the lowest fraud rates for a Federal Program? It seems retailers are a big part of the fraud issue.

    1. Jeffrey says:

      Enough with the free ID scam, funny how people have money for smokes and gas to get to the places but just always seem to be just too poor to pay for an ID CARD once……really, nice try !!

  13. William says:

    It’s about time ! That’s just common sense to me.

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