Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) introduced legislation today that would improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. H.R. 1510, the SNAP Improvement Act, would reduce waste and loopholes in the program so that it better serves families in need.
"When SNAP benefits are given through loopholes to people who wouldn't otherwise qualify for the program, it not only drains our resources, but it also unfairly attaches a stigma to the families that truly need assistance," Neugebauer said. "This bill serves two purposes: first, it reduces waste and excess payments to save taxpayers' money. Second, it helps refocus the program on families who need help supplementing their grocery budget."
Neugebauer's legislation is being introduced as a companion bill to Senator Pat Roberts' bill S. 458. By eliminating loopholes, reducing duplication, and preventing abuse of benefits, the SNAP Improvement Act would reduce program costs by an estimated $35 billion over ten years.
"These are commonsense reforms that ensure benefits are going to those most in need," Neugebauer said. "I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to restore integrity and focus to our nutrition assistance programs."