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14-H4006 on Feb 6, 2014

Bill Sponsorship: SNAP Verify Act
Source: H.R.4006&S.1922
Congressional summary:: The SNAP Verify Act: Amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to require a member or representative of a household that receives supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) to present photographic verification when using an electronic benefit card for a SNAP purchase.

Opponent's argument against (New Orleans Times-Picayune, Jan. 15, 2014): Some advocacy groups for the poor quickly condemned the Vitter legislation. "Many poor people do not have photo ID's, and it costs money they do not have to get them," said the executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs. "Senator Vitter's proposal will be especially tough on elderly and poor people who do not have the documents needed to get their photo ID, and who will struggle even to get to the necessary offices. They will wind up going without food."

Opponent's argument against (Rick Paulas on KCET, "Food Rant", Feb. 12, 2014): On the surface, the case for photo ID at the point of sale is full of logic. It will finally put an end to problem of food stamp fraud! No more will poor people scam the system! If a person's forced to show identification when they buy groceries, people who shouldn't be using them won't be able to do so! (Sidenote: The main method of food stamp fraud is recipients selling their SNAP for cash, in order to use the money on items that are not food) Since we're using logic then, it only makes sense to ask how many people are defrauding the system. The answer: Not a whole lot. To be exact: A little over 1% of food stamps issued are sold on the black market. But, forcing SNAP recipients to show ID will certainly cut down on this number a tad. But as far as the food stamp ID argument goes, the question remains to be answered: How exactly does the Republican party benefit from fewer Americans being able to eat?

Corresponding Senate bill S.1922, Food Stamp Fraud Prevention and Accountability Act.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 30. Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Welfare & Poverty
  • Headline: Require photo ID when using food stamps (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored requiring photo ID when using food stamps (Score: 2)

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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 14-H4006

Republicans participating in 14-H4006

Jim Bridenstine s1oOklahoma RepublicanMar 4, 2014
Paul Broun s1oGA Republican ChallengerFeb 27, 2014
Kevin Cramer s1oNorth Dakota RepublicanFeb 6, 2014
Ron DeSantis s1oFL Republican Senate candidateFeb 6, 2014
Jeff Duncan s1oSouth Carolina RepublicanFeb 26, 2014
John Fleming s1oLA Republican Senate candidateFeb 6, 2014
Jeff Fortenberry s1oNebraska RepublicanFeb 6, 2014
Trent Franks s1oArizona RepublicanFeb 6, 2014
Phil Gingrey s1oGA Republican ChallengerFeb 6, 2014
Louie Gohmert s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Paul Gosar s1oArizona RepublicanFeb 6, 2014
Jack Kingston s1oGA Republican ChallengerFeb 6, 2014
Doug LaMalfa s1oCalifornia RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Billy Long s1oMissouri RepublicanApr 4, 2014
Cynthia Lummis s1oWyoming RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Mick Mulvaney s1oSouth Carolina RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Ted Poe s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 25, 2014
Bill Posey s1oFlorida RepublicanFeb 6, 2014
Matt Salmon s2pArizona RepublicanFeb 6, 2014
David Schweikert s1oArizona RepublicanFeb 6, 2014
Austin Scott s1oGeorgia RepublicanApr 29, 2014
Jason Smith s1oMissouri RepublicanFeb 6, 2014
David Vitter s2pLA Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidateFeb 6, 2014
Randy Weber s1oTexas RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Ted Yoho s1oFlorida RepublicanFeb 11, 2014

Independents participating in 14-H4006

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 25
Independents: 0

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