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  • 6.2 Million Individuals Off Food Stamps Under Trump

    09/08/2019 2:47:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Sep 2019 | Katherine Rodriguez
    More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— the program in charge of food stamps— since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president. Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history....
  • Trump administration proposes to end food stamps for 3 million people

    07/25/2019 3:32:46 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 21 replies
    The Trump administration Opens a New Window. proposed new rules to limit access to food stamps on Tuesday – a move that officials said would end benefits for about 3.1 million people – by closing a loophole that allows states to automatically enroll residents already receiving other welfare benefits. “This proposal will save money and preserve the integrity of the program,” Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, said in a conference call. “SNAP should be a temporary safety net.” According to data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Opens a New Window. , about 40 million low-income people...
  • Democrats Lash Out at Millionaire Food-Stamp Whistleblower

    06/24/2019 6:23:11 AM PDT · by eyeamok · 25 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 22, 2019 | Todd Shepherd
    "Mr. Undersander did not break the law, he simply abided by the rules that were in place, so he didn't defraud anybody," said Rep. Mike Conaway, Republican from Texas. "He intentionally defrauded the federal government," McGovern shot back. "That is, in my opinion, breaking the law."
  • Most Illegal Immigrants In US Receive Government Benefits, Costing Taxpayers Billions: Experts

    04/22/2019 7:40:00 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-22-2019 | William La Jeunesse
    The case underscores what experts say is a growing cost to taxpayers from the surge of Central American families and unaccompanied minors. "We're talking about billions of dollars in taxpayer benefits over the next few years," said Dan Stein, director of the right-leaning think tank, Federation for American Immigration Reform. "The payout for the taxpayer is enormous and income to the Treasury is miniscule." A FAIR study in 2017 found illegal immigrants are a net consumer of taxpayer benefits worth more than $100 billion a year, not including the cost of enforcing the border. While federal benefits are supposed to...
  • New bill could allow SNAP benefits to be used for fast food in Illinois

    03/16/2019 11:31:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    fox17.com ^ | March 15, 2019 | WICS
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — There is a new bill working its way through the Statehouse to allow people to use food stamps to buy fast food. Right now, you can only use that money to buy groceries at a store or farmer’s market but if this bill is signed into law, you could order a burger at the nearest fast food joint. House Bill 3343 would establish a Restaurant Meals Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. If passed, recipients can use their monthly allotment to buy meals from restaurants. Only certain recipients qualify: the elderly, disabled, homeless...
  • Alaska: State on SNAP funding amid shutdown: ‘We’re waiting’ (no budget left)

    01/22/2019 6:58:41 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 27 replies
    KTVA ^ | Jan 22, 2019
    Future federal funding for a key nutritional program helping thousands of Alaskans in need remains in doubt due to the partial government shutdown, according to state authorities. The state doesn’t have any funds awaiting distribution under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program according to Shawnda O’Brien, director of Alaska's Division of Public Assistance. SNAP’s latest disbursement, $12 million sent to about 33,000 Alaska households, was originally scheduled to be available by Feb. 1 – but federal officials told the state to issue it prematurely, with the funds released Jan. 20. “They had to get the money out before the end of...
  • Trump team: shutdown won’t stop food stamp pmts in Feb, says program lacks funds for Mar

    01/08/2019 5:21:44 PM PST · by upchuck · 21 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Jan 8, 2019 | Jeff Stein
    The Trump administration pledged Tuesday that Americans will receive food stamps through February despite the partial government shutdown, but officials could not promise those benefits will continue if the shutdown lasts until March. Congress has only approved funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through January, fueling concern food benefits used by 38 million Americans would expire amid the budget stalemate in Washington. In a call with reporters on Tuesday, Agriculture Department officials said that they will give states the money for February’s food stamps ahead of time – by Jan. 20 – to circumvent the expiration of federal appropriations....
  • Farmers risk loss of federal payments, loans, from shutdown

    12/28/2018 10:16:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 28, 2018 | Juliet Linderman
    The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Then parts of the government shut down. The USDA in a statement issued last week assured farmers that checks would continue to go out during the first week of the shutdown. But direct payments for farmers who haven’t certified production, as well as farm loans and...
  • New SNAP Rules Encourage Productivity Instead of Poverty

    12/21/2018 1:45:35 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    The White House ^ | December 20, 2018 | Sonny Perdue Secretary of Agriculture
    More than 20 years ago, Democrats and Republicans came together to reform our welfare programs to restore the system to what it was meant to be: “a second chance, not a way of life,” in the words of then-President Bill Clinton. Over time, without any changes in the underlying welfare reform legislation of 1996, that ideal has been watered down by out-of-control administrative flexibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Today, at the direction of President Donald J. Trump, we are taking steps to restore integrity to SNAP and move people toward self-sufficiency. As we approach the mid-point of...
  • Here Are 2 Ways Trump Can Help Americans Move From Food Stamps to Work

    12/20/2018 12:16:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 18, 2018 | Jamie Bryan Hall
    President Donald Trump has an opportunity to do what Congress should be doing, but isn’t: Help Americans who are on food stamps transition to work.The farm bill—which reauthorizes the foods stamp program for five years—would have been a prime opportunity for Congress to enhance work requirements. Under current law, certain work-capable adults must work 20 or more hours per week, participate in a supervised job search or training, or volunteer in their communities in order to receive food stamps.Most food stamp recipients are exempt from these requirements. These include people over 50 years old, the disabled, and minor children and...
  • Senate Passes 2018 Farm Bill Legalizing Hemp, Ditching SNAP Work Requirements

    12/12/2018 2:11:56 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 December 2018 | Kathrine Rodriguez
    The Senate passed the updated 2018 Farm Bill on Tuesday, which legalized hemp and did away with implementing work requirements to receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senate voted 87-13 to pass the legislation, which lawmakers unveiled Monday evening after months of back-and-forth negotiations and debate over whether work requirements should be included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Every single Senate Democrat voted for the revised bill, and eight Republicans opposed it.....“The 2018 Farm Bill is our opportunity to make the American food and agriculture systems work more efficiently. I’m pleased to say we...
  • Farm Bill deal reached without food stamp work requirement expansion

    12/12/2018 6:05:57 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    The News Star ^ | 12/12/18 | Greg Hilburn
    The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on an 87-13 vote, although Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy was a no, criticizing the "missed opportunity to reform" the food stamp program. Congress has reached a compromise deal on a new Farm Bill to set agriculture policy for five years, but it won't expand work requirements for food stamps, which had been a priority of U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana and President Donald Trump. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on an 87-13 vote, although Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy was a no, criticizing the "missed opportunity to reform" the food stamp...
  • Farm Bill Deal Eliminates SNAP Work Requirements

    12/06/2018 8:09:45 AM PST · by george76 · 58 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 29, 2018
    Lawmakers say they have reached a deal on the massive farm bill, which has been hung up for weeks over demands by President Trump and House Republicans for new work requirements for food stamp recipients. Negotiators have agreed to jettison those requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which were included in the House version of the bill but not the Senate version. However, the White House has not yet signed off on the agreement and House conservatives may not support a bill that lacks work requirements.
  • Trump effect: Food stamp usage lowest in a decade after two years of POTUS economy

    11/12/2018 2:29:15 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 10 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 11/12/18 | USA Features
    Winning: The number of Americans on supplemental food assistance fell dramatically during POTUS Donald Trump’s first two years in office and is now at its lower level since 2009. According to Department of Agriculture which manages the food benefits, 38,845,997 Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as of the end of July. That’s the lowest number since 38,184,306 people were on SNAP in 2009, Breitbart reported. Moreover, the total number of households on SNAP fell below 20 million to 19.5 million, the lowest since 2010.
  • Report: Terrorists Exploit Food Stamps To Fund Domestic, International Attacks

    10/27/2018 8:10:44 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | October 25, 2018 | Luke Rosiak
    The report provided numerous examples of fraudsters exploiting the food stamp program to fund terrorist activities. A grocery store owner in Chicago was imprisoned in 2006 for stealing $1.4 million through food stamp fraud and aiding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In 2010, two Somali store owners in Michigan pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud and running an unlicensed money transfer business that sent money to “hot spots” in the Middle East and Africa. In Indianapolis, a ring of convenience stores bought food stamps from customers for 50 cents on the dollar. The ringleader was arrested on a return flight from...
  • California Used Loopholes To Keep Thousands on SNAP From Having to Work ( Welfare fraud )

    08/22/2018 6:58:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 21, 2018 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Able-bodied adults received work waiver even with record-low unemployment. Despite 10-year-low unemployment, California took advantage of loopholes in federal regulation to keep more than 800,000 federal welfare recipients from having to work. This conclusion is based on the response of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to an application to waive SNAP's work requirements for 55 of California's 58 counties, issued to the state in July.. California's waiver, which will last until August of 2019, exempts more than 800,000 able-bodied, childless Californians from having to work while on SNAP. This in spite of the fact that California's unemployment rate—4.2 percent—is at...
  • Donald Trump Urges The Senate To Pass Work Requirements For Food Stamps

    08/02/2018 6:30:57 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/02/18 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump signaled his support Thursday for work requirements for food stamps. “When the House and Senate meet on the very important Farm Bill – we love our farmers – hopefully, they will be able to leave the WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD STAMPS PROVISION that the House approved,” Trump wrote on Twitter. The House version of the farm bill barely passed with a vote of 213-211 and included work requirements for single food stamp recipients. Democrats voted unanimously against the bill. The House and the Senate have to take the bill to conference, however, which will likely strip the...
  • The Coming Welfare Wars

    07/20/2018 4:15:26 PM PDT · by upchuck · 25 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | July 19, 2018 | Robert J. Samuelson
    WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration may have declared it over, but a new War on Poverty is coming anyways. It will be fought largely over the "work requirement" -- should the government require welfare recipients either to get a job or to train for one? It's a philosophical as much as a practical question. A work requirement addresses a dilemma of all welfare programs. If you make eligibility and benefits too generous, you destroy the incentive to work. People will just collect their welfare checks. But if the program is too stingy and strict, many genuinely needy people may lack...
  • Minority of SNAP recipients spend benefits

    07/14/2018 10:18:44 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 104 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 7-10-18 | Nedra Rhone
    Most SNAP recipients spend ... early it increases food insecurity. 39% spend 2/3 of monthly benefit in the first 4 days. 14% of GA households are food insecure. Over 1.6 million (16%) utilized $2.54b in SNAP in GA. Few statistically significant differences explain why spending patterns are so different. We hoped we would be able to find something that said the ‘patient’ people do this and ‘impatient’ people do that, but we did not, Dorfman said. I guess it comes down to personality. Many households are connected to SNAP through local food banks and caseworkers at state agencies, DFCS, Camardelle...
  • Alert: $4 Billion Worth Of Waste Found In Food Stamp Program

    07/02/2018 1:05:47 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 28 replies
    https://www.chicksonright.com ^ | Andrew Mark Miller - July 1, 2018
    Alert: $4 Billion Worth Of Waste Found In Food Stamp Program It’s very hard to come up with a list of things that the federal government gets right. Government is simply too big and there’s just no way this bloated bureaucracy can be counted on to be efficient. That’s a big reason that Trump was elected. The American people are tired of the waste, fraud, and abuse in Washington. From Breitbart: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent a total of $4 billion on improper food stamp payments to those receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the...