Darrell Issa on Welfare & Poverty

Republican Representative (CA-49); Initiator of Recall CA Governor


Uncovered dozens of food stamp abuse cases

State governments receive federal dollars in proportion to how many people they enroll in the program, which gives them an incentive to add more individuals to the rolls. State governments have little incentive to make sure that able-bodied adults on SNAP (food stamps) are working, looking for work, or enrolled in job training programs. This leads to a program rife with waste, fraud and abuse.

In the past year, MI has had two lottery winners continue to receive SNAP benefits. In NYC, city employees created false names, addresses and Social Security numbers to create approximately 1,500 false SNAP cards. These individuals netted $8 million. And, under the leadership of Chairman Darrell Issa, the House Oversight Committee has uncovered dozens of additional examples of abuse, such as recipients collaborating with vendors to trade food stamps for cash, cigarettes and alcohol. This kind of abuse must stop.

Source: The Path to Prosperity, by Paul Ryan, p. 29 , Apr 2, 2012

Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients.

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