Vitter wants food stamp users to show ID

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Posted: Jan 15, 2014 10:55 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 16, 2014 6:13 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: food stamp, david vitter, congress, house, senate, government, fraud, waste, politics

WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items.

"Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter said.

"Food Stamps have more than doubled in cost since 2008 and continue to grow in an unsustainable way, and the events in Louisiana unfortunately highlight the fraud surrounding the taxpayer- funded program. My bill will restore some accountability to the program so it's not ruined for people who use it appropriately," Vitter said.

He believes the change would prevent fraud, similar to incidents in Louisiana recently where software problems allowed unlimited purchases.
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