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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

    “Heat and Eat” Food Stamp Loophole Costs Taxpayers

    Governors in seven states are flouting a reform from last month’s farm bill by continuing to exploit a food stamp loophole that will cost taxpayers billions. At least five others are planning or considering following suit. The loophole, which is dubbed “heat and eat,” allows food stamp recipients to qualify … 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

    Record 20 Percent of Households on Food Stamps

    Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that more than 23 million households—a record 20 percent—are now on food stamps. This is a dramatic increase from 15 million households in 2009. Part of the growth is no doubt due to the weak economy. But problematic policies have also … More

    Lee Introduces Plan to Reform Welfare

    Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) introduced legislation last week to make welfare meet needs more constructively while exercising fiscal responsibility. His new bill—whose House companion will be introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan (R–OH)—does three important things: Gets welfare spending under control. Welfare spending has increased by 16-fold since the War on … More

    A Soviet Central Planner Would Blush at What House Republicans Voted For

    Every five years, Congress takes a holiday from the principles that made this country  great and turns to central planning policies that were in vogue in 1933. This nightmare holiday is the farm bill. Right on cue, the current Republican-led House passed a nearly $1 trillion farm bill Wednesday that … More

    What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union

    Congress is very fond of two things: throwing a bunch of stuff into one bill and rushing bills through while Americans are focused on other news. While people were talking about the State of the Union, they’ve done it again with the $1 trillion farm bill. The “farm bill” passed … More

    Big Bank Account? No Problem. You May Still Qualify for Food Stamps

    Under existing federal policy, it doesn’t matter how much money you have in your bank account: you can still be eligible for food stamps. A policy known as “broad-based categorical eligibility” allows applicants to bypass asset tests, meaning  food stamp recipients could have an unlimited amount of assets, but if … More

    You Won’t Believe How Many Food Stamp Recipients Have Attended College

    If you’ve attended college or received a college degree, you’re facing better-than-average odds of managing to find and hold a job, even in this dismal economy. So it’s slightly surprising that over a quarter of households receiving food stamps are headed by those who have attended college. According to the … More