Rep. Salmon Introduces Legislation to Protect SNAP Recipients from Fraud

Feb 5, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today introduced the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Verify Act, which would require authorized users of SNAP EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards to produce photo identification when using their cards.  Upon introduction, he released the following statement.

“Every year, fraud and abuse of SNAP EBT cards costs the U.S. Government over $850 million dollars.  Investigating and preventing the illegal selling of SNAP cards and other violations of the SNAP program accounts for more than half of the resources the USDA Inspector General expends.  This has to change.

“This act seeks to protect those who truly need SNAP assistance, and ensures those who would defraud recipients and the U.S. taxpayer are unable.  Only by protecting the integrity of this program from those seeking to game the system can we ensure it remains viable for the citizens who need it most.”

The full text of the SNAP Verify Act can be found here:

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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