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    Congress Failed to Eliminate Costly Food Stamp Loophole

    It took Congress months to come up with a farm bill, but in the end all it did was make a miniscule tweak to a problematic loophole in the food stamp program known as “heat and eat.” But their small reform doesn’t seem to be working. As we explain in … More

    Ryan’s Budget on Welfare: Good Steps on Work, but Fails to Approach Total Welfare System

    When it comes to welfare, Paul Ryan’s budget takes some steps in the right direction. It has a work requirement, which is absolutely crucial to welfare reform. However, it fails to address the massive welfare system as a whole, a critical aspect to getting welfare spending back on track. Ryan’s … More

    Billions Wasted on “Improper” Food Stamp Payments

    According to a new report issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), $2.7 billion worth of improper food stamp payments were made in fiscal year (FY) 2012. That equals 3.8 percent of total food stamp benefit payouts for that year. The rate of improper food stamp payments has … More

    The Sneaky Way Three States Are Getting Around a New Food Stamp Reform

    Three states are trying to get around a new minor reform Congress made to the food stamp program. In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp … More

    8 Things to Watch for in the Farm Bill

    The House and Senate are working out differences between their farm bills. The following is a list of major questions to consider if the negotiators do come up with a farm bill (explained in this new report here): Will Congress continue to play politics with the farm bill by combining … More

    Proposed Cuts Would Barely Dent Massive Growth of Food Stamps

    Food stamp spending is at historic highs—it has doubled twice since 2000. Now some on Capitol Hill say the House is trying to make major cuts to the program, but they’re really making some much-needed policy reforms that would achieve modest savings. The House bill proposes a small 5 percent … More

    A Case for Separating the Farm Bill: Passing Trillion-Dollar Bills Should Be a Fuss

    As of last week, President Obama’s number one economic priority is a new farm bill. He recently stated: Number one, Congress needs to pass a farm bill that helps rural communities grow and protects vulnerable Americans. For decades, Congress found a way to compromise and pass farm bills without fuss. … More

    Liberals Angry About Food Stamp Program "Cuts" They Supported

    Food stamp program benefits decreased at the beginning of November when a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus package expired. This reduction is now being dubbed a “cut” by the very members of Congress who voted to speed this expiration. The food stamp boost was set to last until 2015, … More