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  • USDA moves to tighten restrictions on food stamps

    12/20/2018 10:17:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2018 | Juliet Linderman
    The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year’s farm bill didn’t: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday is proposing a rule that would restrict the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment to receive food stamps. The move comes just weeks after lawmakers passed a $400 billion farm bill that reauthorized agriculture and conservation programs while leaving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which serves roughly 40 million Americans, virtually untouched. […] Currently, able-bodied adults ages 18-49 without children...
  • 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...
  • Report: Millions in Food Stamp Dollars Flowed to Terrorists

    10/24/2018 11:28:17 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Oct 2018 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Millions of taxpayers dollars trafficked through food stamp fraud went to terrorists who funded their activities at home and abroad, according to an explosive report from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI). The report from GAI, where Breitbart News Senior-Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer serves as president, highlighted several instances where money obtained through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits fraud went to fund acts of terrorism, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Although this method of using food stamp fraud money for terrorism has been around since the 1980s, it gained notoriety when New York...
  • US seeks to curtail green cards for immigrants on public aid

    09/22/2018 11:20:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2018 11:20 PM EDT | Elliot Spagat
    The Trump administration on Saturday proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and to prove they will not be a burden — or “public charge” — but the new rules detail a broad range of programs that could disqualify them. The Department of Homeland Security said current and past receipt of certain public benefits above thresholds would be considered “a heavily weighed negative factor” in granting green cards as well as temporary stays. […] Coming less...
  • Trump effect: Food stamp usage down for EIGHT straight months

    09/13/2018 10:53:22 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 11 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 9/13/18 | USA Features
    Winning: Americans’ use of food stamp assistance has now fallen for the eighth straight month as the POTUS Trump economy continues to expand, raising all boats and not just those of “the rich.”
  • 22 Illegal Aliens Arrested in Identity Fraud Scheme, Stealing Thousands in Taxpayer Money

    07/30/2018 5:59:48 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 07/29/2018 | Timothy Meads
    The Department of Justice announced charges against 25 individuals on Friday who committed fraud using Puerto Rican identities in an effort to gain government benefits and in some cases even vote. 22 of the 25 charged were illegal aliens, many with records of drug dealing, violent crimes, and some previously deported. Imposters regularly use birth certificates and social security cards stolen or copied from Puerto Ricans to pose as American citizens in order to receive Medicare, evade arrest, and take advantage of welfare benefits such as EBT cards and food stamps. In a sting operation known as, “Operation Double Trouble”...
  • Thousands of Amazon workers receive food stamps, and Bernie Sanders wants Amazon to pay up

    08/24/2018 9:34:57 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 52 replies
    MSN "News" ^ | 24 August 2018 | Abha Bhattarai
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will soon introduce legislation that would require large employers like Amazon, Walmart and McDonald’s to fully cover the cost of food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their employees. The goal, he says, is to force corporations to pay a living wage and curb roughly $150 billion in taxpayer dollars that currently go to funding federal assistance programs for low-wage workers each year. The bill, which Sanders plans to introduce in the Senate on Sept. 5, would impose a 100 percent tax on government benefits received by workers at companies with 500...
  • The Food Stamp Farce: State evasions show the need for new work requirements.

    08/23/2018 4:05:40 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 22, 2018
    The House and Senate are negotiating a farm bill, and for once the stakes are more important than subsidies for wealthy sugar farmers. Republicans are debating reforms to a food stamp program that is divorced from work and economic advancement. Allow us to illustrate how a current waiver process has corroded even minimal requirements. The House farm bill includes a requirement that adults aged 18 and 59 work or train for 80 hours a month (20 hours a week, or part time). Seniors, the disabled, pregnant women and anyone caring for a child under 6 is exempt. The Senate’s bill...
  • 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...
  • ILLEGAL POEM: By Illegal Immigrants

    06/30/2018 8:30:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/30/18 | Unk
    I cross river, Poor and broke, Take bus, See employment folk. Nice man Treat me good in there, Say I need Go see Welfare. Welfare say, 'You come no more, We send cash Right to your door.' Welfare checks, They make you wealthy, Medicaid It keep you healthy! By and by, Got plenty money, Thanks to you, TAXPAYER dummy. Write to friends In motherland, Tell them 'come, fast as you can' They come in buses And Chevy trucks, I buy big house With welfare bucks. They come here, We live together, More welfare checks, It gets better! Fourteen families, They...
  • BREAKING Senate passes farm bill

    06/28/2018 3:05:21 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 24 replies
    https://www.politico.com ^ | POLITICO STAFF 06/28/2018
    The Senate today easily passed its version of the farm bill by a vote of 86-11,paving the way for a conference committee to reconcile differences with the House's version of the sweeping agriculture and nutrition legislation. The Senate farm bill attracted bipartisan support, as expected, but key differences with the House's partisan version, which passed last week, set up potentially contentious negotiations between the lawmakers who will be tasked with melding the two measures into one. The main differences relate to proposals for the food stamp program, farm subsidy caps and conservation initiatives. Congress has until Sept. 30 to get...
  • Food stamp enrollment falls to 8-year low as Trump clamps down on fraud, economy improves

    06/18/2018 8:55:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2018 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Overall enrollment in the country’s food stamp program has dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years as the economy continues to improve and the Trump administration attempts to tackle fraud in the program. According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), enrollment in the program dropped in March to 40,083,954. The last time food stamp participation dipped this low was in February 2010, when 39,588,993 people were enrolled in the program. "As the economy continues to improve, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is...
  • Food Stamp Enrollment Dips to Lowest Level in 8 Years

    06/13/2018 7:11:26 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 12, 2018 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Overall enrollment in the nation’s food stamp program has dipped to its lowest level in eight years, according to the latest statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The latest USDA data reveals that enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the federal government program that administers food stamps—dropped to 40,083,954 in March 2018. The last time enrollment in the food stamp program reached that level was February 2010, when 39,588,993 people participated in the nation’s food stamp program. Although overall enrollment has reached its lowest point in eight years, food stamp enrollment has been declining steadily since...
  • 2.2 Million Fewer People on Food Stamps Under Donald Trump

    05/13/2018 2:35:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 10, 2018 | Katherine Rodriguez
    More than 2.2 million people have discontinued their participation in food stamps during President Trump’s first full year in office, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data on food stamp enrollment. The latest USDA data shows that since Trump’s first full month in office in February 2017—when food stamp enrollment was at 42,289,366— participation in the program decreased by 2,257,235 to 40,032,131. The continued decline in enrollment during Trump’s first full year is on pace with the steady decline in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation since 2013. Before then, participation in the federal welfare program swelled...
  • ‘Damn this president!’ Maxine Waters fails to serve Teamsters red meat in unleashed tirade

    05/08/2018 9:46:20 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 54 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 8, 2018 | BPR staff writer
    Sadly it’s becoming clear that Democrats believe their own ridiculous lies. While Speaking to the Teamsters Union Local 630 in Los Angeles this weekend, Maxine Waters had another public meltdown as she laughably claimed that “It has not been Republicans, it is always Democrats. We’ve been there for you. We’re gonna stay there for you. And damn this president!” Waters went on rambling tirade as she tried to convince the group that the Democrat Party is on the side of working class Americans, as she simultaneously admitted many middle-class Americans have felt abandoned by their representatives in D.C. “We’re in...
  • AMAZON GETS TAX BREAKS WHILE ITS EMPLOYEES RELY ON FOOD STAMPS, NEW DATA SHOWS

    04/24/2018 10:32:29 AM PDT · by PMAS · 26 replies
    The Intercept ^ | April 19, 2018 | Claire Brown
    https://theintercept.com/2018/04/19/amazon-snap-subsidies-warehousing-wages/
  • Trump just took a giant step towards actual welfare reform

    04/11/2018 6:46:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/10/2018 | Kristina Rasmussen
    President Trump’s new executive order on welfare reform has laid the groundwork to get more Americans get back to work while protecting and strengthening the safety net for the truly needy. Federal agencies must take advantage of this opportunity to roll back harmful Obama-era policies that have trapped families in dependency and cost taxpayers billions. Right now, America combines near-record-low unemployment with near-record-high welfare dependency — the result of state-level eligibility exemptions, federal loopholes and policies that put work on the back burner. Many of these policies created incentives for able-bodied adults to sit on the sidelines — even though...