Joe Biden is massively increasing food stamps and the GOP is sounding the alarm.
According to Fox Business:
EXCLUSIVE: Republican lawmakers lambasted the Biden administration on Wednesday over its giant food-stamp expansion, accusing the White House of “abusing its authority” by unilaterally approving the largest permanent increase to benefits in the program’s history – a move that could cost taxpayers an additional $20 billion annually.
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Reps. James Comer of Kentucky and Don Bacon of Nebraska questioned the administration’s “dramatic and indefinite” expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which will be formally implemented in October.
“Taxpayer-funded SNAP assists low-income Americans in meeting their nutrition need,” the lawmakers wrote. “But based on recent actions, the Biden Administration is abusing its authority and expanding SNAP—without congressional authorization.”
Under the new rules, average benefits will rise more than 25% from pre-pandemic levels; the changes – which will be available to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries – are intended to be permanent. The increase coincides with the end of a 15% boost to SNAP benefits installed by Congress last year as a pandemic relief measure.
Republicans have stated that the maximum SNAP benefit for a family of four will be about $10,020 per year or $835. That is leaps and bounds ahead of the $538 per month the average household spent in 2019. So much for that Fourth of July cookout savings.