We may have heard summaries of what the Farm Bill would do to the SNAP funding. Here is the official list from House Republican Conference website. Watch out for key words, like “Reforms, “Saving”, “Income Tests”, “Increases Oversight”, “Reduces goverment dependency” and more.
I realize that the Farm Bill was not approved, but our cogressman voted for it. I will be interested in comparing this list to a new Farm Bill if one is approved by September 30.
We can understand the Bill’s full impact on the other eleven ‘Titles” by going to the above website.
- Reforms the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), saving more than $20 billion over 10 years.
- Reinstitutes the asset and income test in SNAP law by limiting categorical program eligibility to only those households receiving cash assistance from other low-income programs.
- Closes a loophole related to Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) payments that increases SNAP benefits.
- Eliminates state performance bonuses.
- Prevents USDA and states from advertising or promoting SNAP.
- Cracks down on waste, fraud and abuse by ending SNAP benefits for lottery winners and traditional college students, demanding outcomes from the SNAP Employment and Training program, and increasing oversight of SNAP programs for the homeless, elderly, and disabled.
- Funds a pilot work training program to reduce government dependency and increase work effort.
- Provides the Secretary with more resources to prevent trafficking of SNAP benefits and provides for a pilot program to authorize states to increase retail fraud investigations.
- Requires states to use an electronic immigration status verification system to verify an applicant’s immigration status.
- Improves the quality of SNAP-approved retail stores.
- Increases assistance for food banks by providing an additional $20 million per year for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
- Increases support for Community Food Projects and designates funding for projects that provide incentives for low-income individuals to purchase more fruits and vegetables.
- Snapping at SNAP: Hunger In The Name of Austerity (ourfuture.org)
- Bonamici Objects To Farm Bill’s $20 Billion In SNAP Cuts (albanytribune.com)
- Food Stamp Issue Derails Farm Bill as Recipients at Record High (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)