Thursday, May 23, 2013
US Congress adding amendment to deny food stamps from registered citizens
eAdvocate has broken down the amendment added to S-954, a freaking farm bill of all things, here:
The details of the Amendment follow:
AMENDMENT NO. 1056
(Purpose: To end food stamp eligibility for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles, and murderers)
At the end of subtitle A of title IV, insert the following:
SEC. 4019. ELIGIBILITY DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTAIN CONVICTED FELONS.
Section 6 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2015) (as amended by section 4004) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(s) Disqualification for Certain Convicted Felons.--
``(1) IN GENERAL.- -An individual shall not be eligible for benefits under this Act if the individual is convicted of--
``(A) aggravated sexual abuse under section 2241 of title 18, United States Code;
``(B) murder under section 1111 of title 18, United States Code;
``(C) an offense under chapter 110 of title 18, United States Code;
``(D) a Federal or State offense involving sexual assault, as defined in 40002(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 13925(a)); or
``(E) an offense under State law determined by the Attorney General to be substantially similar to an offense described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C).
``(2) EFFECTS ON ASSISTANCE AND BENEFITS FOR OTHERS.--The amount of benefits otherwise required to be provided to an eligible household under this Act shall be determined by considering the individual to whom paragraph (1) applies not to be a member of such household, except that the income and resources of the individual shall be considered to be income and resources of the household.
``(3) ENFORCEMENT.--Each State shall require each individual applying for benefits under this Act, during the application process, to state, in writing, whether the individual, or any member of the household of the individual, has been convicted of a crime described in paragraph (1).''.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Virginia.
UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST--H. CON. RES. 25