Saturday, February 8, 2014

Idea to prevent fraud - forcing food stamp recipients to show their ID

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., introduced the SNAP Verify Act, which would require individuals who receive acceptance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to present a photo ID when buying products at stores that accept food stamp recipients. 
"My bill simply requires the photo identification of authorized users of SNAP electronic benefit cards at the point of transaction," Salmon said in a statement. "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." 

My thoughts:

1. I suspect the amount of food stamp fraud far exceeds $750 million a year.  They've only proven $750 million a year.

2. This seems like a no-brain decision.  We should do what we can to reduce wasteful and fraudulent spending.

3. I'm curious to hear what the opposition to this bill will say.  The only two things I can think of is that it's a burden on recipients or that it might embarrass recipients.

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