Congress considers bill to reform SNAP
There is a fight coming over the future of the food stamp program (SNAP) in Washington. Congress is debating cuts, but some say those cuts would hurt more than help.
Lawmakers are debating a bill that would cut some 30 billion dollars to the SNAP program over a decade. Sugar Land Congressman Pete Olson telling KTRH the program has its share of fraud.
“In February of 2010, a store owner in New Haven, CT illegally redeemed over $800,000 in food stamps,” Olson said. “Food stamps must be spent on food, not booze, iPads or cigarettes.”
But Aaron Herrera of the Houston Food Bank says stories of fraud are just not true.
“Those are stories that come out in the media. SNAP currently enjoys the lowest waste, fraud and abuse in its history,” Herrera explained.
Herrera says the program is already experiencing cuts because of the sequester.
“Due to the sequester, we are already looking at 600 to 700,000 cuts to recipients. That’s going to put a strain on our pantry system,” Herrera stated.
Olson doesn’t but that, though.
“The food stamp program was rife with fraud long before sequestration. This bill is the first step towards taking away this fraud,” Olson said.
Herrera tells KTRH there are about 400 thousand people in Houston in the SNAP program right now.