WASHINGTON D.C. -- Sen. David Vitter has introduced a bill in the Senate that would require food stamp recipients to show photo identification when buying items through the SNAP program.
Vitter said the SNAP program has more than doubled in cost since 2008 and he pointed to recent fraud surrounding the program.
"My bill will restore some accountability to the program so it’s not ruined for people who use it appropriately,” he said in a press release.
In October 2013, a computer failure took down the electronic food stamp system for several hours in 17 states, including Louisiana. With no limits, people with the cards could spend hundreds of dollars over the normal $50 limit normally placed in such situations.
According to Vitter, as the law stands now states have the option to require photographs with the food stamp purchases, but none enforce it.
Vitter said the bill, called the Food Stamp Fraud Prevention and Accountability Act, would allow the state to confirm "that a person is the legal beneficiary of the EBT card. Anyone caught attempting to illegally use another recipient’s EBT card would be banned from the program."