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House Republicans Expected to Reform Food Stamps Program

8:15 AM, Sep 5, 2013 • By RYAN LOVELACE
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Aggressive outreach by USDA to enroll as many people as possible in the food stamp program has effects beyond the scope of just that program. By enrolling in SNAP, Americans living below the poverty line become automatically eligible for other welfare programs as well. The Wall Street Journal writes that, “So-called “categorical eligibility” allows states to cross-enroll people in different welfare programs automatically. So if you qualify for a home heating subsidy, the government also lends a hand with buying food, which is one of life’s most basic individual responsibilities.” Therefore a food stamp recipient may also be eligible to benefit from cash assistance via the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, rent assistance, Medicaid, and different tax credits or benefits.

Goaded by their government, Americans have shown an unbridled appetite for food stamps. As the House returns next week, we’ll soon find out if there is a countervailing appetite for reform. 

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