Vote 'YES' on H.R. 3102
September 19, 2013
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
You will soon consider H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.). On behalf of more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to vote in favor of this legislation, which would save $40 billion over 10 years by enacting much-needed reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
In recent years, eligibility restrictions for SNAP have loosened substantially, which has allowed many individuals to receive food stamps even if they do not meet the intended-need thresholds. The number of able-bodied adults under the age of 50 without children enrolled in SNAP grew by 164 percent from 2007 to 2011.
H.R. 3102 makes many substantive reforms to SNAP, a program on which millions of struggling Americans rely. The bill would reinstate income and asset tests to ensure that food stamps are being delivered only to those that are truly in need. The legislation would also place the SNAP portion of the farm bill on a different authorization schedule than the agricultural commodities sections. This split will allow Congress to subject each portion to greater scrutiny and provide funding more effectively and efficiently.
The safety net provided by the Food Stamp program should be strictly reserved for Americans who are most in need. I urge you to support the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act. All votes on H.R. 3102 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2013 Congressional Ratings.