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AGRIBUSINESS: Legislation Aims to Cut Billions from SNAP

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Legislation focused on eliminating loopholes, waste, fraud and abuse would save $30 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Streamlining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Act was introduced by South Dakota Senator, John Thune and Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman. According to Thune, the bill would eliminate waste, fraud and abuse while ensuring a strong safety net for hungry families in greatest need. Thune says SNAP participation has increased at ten times the rate of job creation since President Obama took office, with one-in-seven Americans now participating in the program.

Annual program spending has doubled. Thune says the explosive growth in SNAP enrollment and the cost of the program is alarming and requires lawmakers to take cost-effective legislative control measures. Stutzman says the measure is a real, responsible plan to save taxpayer dollars. He also calls it a common-sense start for Farm Bill discussions