Rep. Matt Salmon Introduces SNAP Verify Act to Combat Food Stamp Fraud

What does the number 750 million mean to you?  If you’re an American taxpayer, it should mean a lot.  Every year, there is over $750 million in SNAP card and food trafficking fraud.

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) 85% is doing something to change that.  This Friday, he introduced the SNAP Verify Act of 2014 and stated:

The SNAP program exists to temporarily help Americans who have fallen on hard times; it is the duty of our elected officials to protect the integrity of this program and discourage abuse from those who seek to game the system. My bill simply requires the photo identification of authorized users of SNAP electronic benefit cards at the point of transaction. With over $750 million in SNAP card and food trafficking fraud each year, it is time Congress take action to address the rampant waste in this program.

The food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has grown massively under President Obama.

Food stamp participation doubled among able-bodied adults after the Obama Administration suspended the program’s work requirements.  The cost to taxpayers has skyrocketed over the past three years, as the graphic below demonstrates.

The Heritage Foundation, 11/21/13

The Heritage Foundation, 11/21/13

Rep. Salmon’s bill would bring integrity to a program that has grown out of control, at the expense of the American taxpayer.  It would do nothing to harm those truly in need but would merely protect the integrity of the system and the American taxpayer.

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