The USDA proposed new rules Friday that would stop government funds from being used for food stamp advertising campaigns.
The food stamp (SNAP) program increased from 17 million participants in 2000 to nearly 47 million in 2014, due to heavy recruitment activities under the Obama administration. Finally the USDA is putting on the brakes.
Pressuring individuals to apply for the SNAP program or providing incentives to fill out the application will now be prohibited. It will also prohibit funds from being used for radio, television or billboard advertising. Using events like bingo nights to recruit people will stop. And stop advertising food stamps in Mexico!
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From the Washington Examiner:
The rule is the result of the 2014 Farm Bill, which included language saying government agents have to let people decide themselves whether to apply for food stamps under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. That language was included after Republicans complained that benefits were being promoted on TV and radio, and were also being promoted in Mexico under a bilateral deal that existed during the Bush administration.
“Outreach activities designed to pressure or persuade a person to apply for benefits are not allowed,” USDA said about the rule. Under the proposed language, USDA and state officials that get federal funding would be allowed to inform people about how SNAP works, and dispel misunderstandings they might have about the program.
Additionally, it would prohibit anyone from getting incentives for signing up people for SNAP.
“The proposed rule would also prohibit organizations receiving funds under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 from tying compensation for outreach workers to the number of people who apply for SNAP benefits as a result of their efforts, also part of the Farm Bill,” USDA said.
The elusive question is… WHEN is this proposed bill taking effect?
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