WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today submitted an amendment that would attach his Fraud Reduction Through Photographic Identification Act to the Senate Farm Bill. The amendment would implement the simple step of requiring food stamp recipients to show photo identification in order to combat fraud and abuse.
“Taxpayers lose billions of dollars every year to welfare fraud. When $75 billion a year is being stolen from hard-working Americans, then you have an enormous problem. We can’t sit idly by while people abuse taxpayers’ generosity,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Requiring food stamp recipients to show a photo ID is a simple step that will reduce fraud. At the very least, we’ll ensure that food stamp benefits aren’t being used to support criminal activity.”