FarmPolicy

August 20, 2018

Sen. Sessions Discusses SNAP Program on Floor on Thursday

Categories: Farm Bill

On Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) spoke at some length about the SNAP program (food stamps) on the Senate floor.

A portion of his remarks are illustrated below, as is a longer video clip of his remarks.

In part, Sen. Sessions stated that, “Nobody is checking to see if somebody who qualified for any of these government programs later gets a job and doesn’t meet the qualifications. They still are getting benefits all over the country, unless they self-report. All kinds of things such as this are going on. No one is checking to see if somebody goes into two food stamp offices, two other benefit offices of various kinds and asks for them under different names at each place and produces some sort of ID. There is all kinds of abuse in this system and I hear it all the time.

“Most people who get food stamps need it, they qualify for it, and they would get it under any kind of reasonable reform that would occur. But to suggest that we aren’t wasting money through practices that allow unqualified individuals to gain access to multiple programs of this kind is a mistake. It absolutely happens every day.

I tried cases to a jury of stores selling food stamps, manipulating the program, dealing with corrupt individuals who brought the food stamps in to sell because they had obtained them fraudulently and never needed the food at all. This idea that there is no fraud in this program is ludicrous. That is what the leaders of the Department of Agriculture are saying: We have no problem. It is OK. Just send us more money. We will keep expanding and growing every year—maybe double the thing again, I guess.”

A video clip of some of Sen. Session’s remarks on the SNAP program can be seen here:

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Budget; Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and, Immigration

Budget: Continuing Resolution

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Congress approved and sent to the White House on Thursday a stopgap spending bill to avert any threat of a government shutdown next week and keep agencies funded through September in the wake of automatic cuts ordered under sequestration.

“Final passage came on a 318-109 vote in the House, as top Republicans opted to embrace significant changes approved by the Senate on Wednesday rather than risk further delay.”

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