Two big recipients of government handouts will soon find themselves ineligible for food stamps. Who are these two groups? Certain serious criminals and winners of big lottery prizes.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a set of proposed rules Thursday that would put into effect laws passed several years ago that affect eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP benefits are still often referred to as “food stamps.”
Per the official USDA website, the proposed rule would implement certain provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014:
Section 4008 prohibits anyone convicted of Federal aggravated sexual abuse, murder, sexual exploitation and abuse of children, sexual assault, or similar State laws, and who are also not in compliance with the terms of their sentence or parole or are a fleeing felon, from receiving SNAP benefits.
Section 4009 prohibits households containing a member with substantial lottery and gambling winnings from receiving SNAP benefits, until the household meets the allowable financial resources and income eligibility requirements of the program.
The U.S. is over 19 trillion dollars in debt. Wildly providing taxpayer-funded giveaways to whomever has their hands out is not a workable policy. However, during the eight years of White House control by Barack Obama and the Democrats, that was, in fact, how business was conducted.
Notice how the bill cutting food stamps to murderers, abusers of children, rapists, and winners of multi-million dollar jackpots was passed way back in 2014. However, under the watch of former President Obama, these provisions of the bill were never implemented. It took a Trump presidency to force the federal government to do the right thing.
The nightmare of the Obama presidency, with assistance directed at all the wrong people, is finally behind us. Now a more worthy leader has taken the helm and the nation is finally finding its way back to sanity.