DesJarlais Bill Would Block Bonuses for Food Stamp Signups

News release from Rep. Scott DesJarlais
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) announced that “Stop Rewarding States for Recruiting Additional Food Stamp Recipients” was the winner of last week’s YouCut program. The congressman is now in the process of drafting legislation that will prevent the federal government from issuing bonuses to states for signing up additional food stamp recipients.
Currently, the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp program) pays state governments bonuses – with taxpayer dollars – for recruiting additional people to sign up for food stamps. Each year, states with the highest percentage of eligible participants enroll in the program and split $12 million in bonus funds. Additionally, the department awards another $6 million in bonus money to states that are the fastest at signing up new program applicants.
Eliminating this program will at least to $180 million dollars over ten years.
“The fact that our government rewards states for recruiting individuals to be on food stamps is not just wasteful, it is ridiculous,” said Representative Scott DesJarlais. “Why does the federal government need to incentivize states to spend taxpayer dollars with more taxpayer dollars? Government at all levels should strive to spend funds as efficiently as possible without the need for additional taxpayer funded bonuses.”
“I want to thank my constituents for taking time to participate in the YouCut program. I’m of the firm belief that the solutions to our nation’s problems will be uncovered by directly involving the American people in the legislative process. Programs like YouCut give us another way to listen to the individuals that we represent so that we can bring their voices to Washington,” noted DesJarlais.
· As of August, 2011, nearly 46 million Americans were on food stamps, or 15 percent of the population.
· Benefit costs were over $71 billion between September of 2010 and August of 2011.
· Program participation has grown steadily since the economic downturn began, and increased by 8 percent in 2011.
Individuals can track the progress of this legislation on the YouCut Web site:

Note: This was approved as a cutting option over a U.S. Forest Service program said to include Smokey the Bear, Most recent prior post HERE.

One thought on “DesJarlais Bill Would Block Bonuses for Food Stamp Signups

  1. JDH

    Or, what? $1.8 million/yr? In a $14 trillion budget that’s a salt crystal in the ocean.
    So, the definition of success is, “anything thing the conservatives can claim as a solution?” This isn’t a solution to anything.

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