Republican Proposal Would Require Food Stamp Recipients To Show Photo ID


I have to admit that I’m kind of surprised that people can use food stamps without a photo ID. What, do you show up and say, “I’m Jane Smith, I promise, now give me my handout?” Apparently so…

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Several House Republicans have introduced a proposal that would require food stamp recipients to show photo identification when making purchases – a move they say is necessary to prevent fraud in the program that aids 1 in 7 Americans.

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.”

Salmon said conducting effective oversight for the program has proven difficult as food stamp spending grows. He cited a Government Accountability Office report showing that $2.2 billion in benefits were erroneously handed out in 2009 alone.

If you have to show an ID to get a job, you should have to show an ID in order to collect charity from the people who pay taxes.

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