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Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 228 - Prevent SNAP recipients from receiving cash back
Summary:Would prevent the payment of cash to recipients of supplemental nutrition assistance for the return of empty bottles and cans used to contain food purchased with benefits.
Sponsor(s):Representative Samuel B. Graves Jr (R - MO)
Status:
As of 2/6/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 1/17/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 197 - Repeal denial of SNAP benefits for ex-offenders
Summary:Would repeal the denial of SNAP benefits for ex-offenders.
Sponsor(s):Representative Barbara Lee (D - CA)
Status:
As of 1/15/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 208 - Concerning the SNAP program and access
Summary:Would provide greater access to the supplemental nutrition assistance program by reducing duplicative and burdensome administrative requirements, authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to award grants to certain community-based nonprofit feeding and anti-hunger groups for the purpose of establishing and implementing a Beyond the Soup Kitchen Pilot Program.
Sponsor(s):Representative Jose E. Serrano (D - NY)
Status:
As of 2/6/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 1/15/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 3055 - Pilot projects concerning SNAP eligibility
Summary:Would reform the Federal supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) so that States have the option of conducting pilot projects to require that able-bodied individuals participate in work activities as a condition of receiving benefits under such program.
Sponsor(s):Representative Steve Southerland II (R - FL)
Status:
As of 8/12/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:CONG US HR 4904 - Amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008
Summary:To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide an incentive for households participating in SNAP to purchase certain nutritious fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to good health.
Sponsor(s):Rep. Matt Cartwright (D)
Status:
As of 8/14/2014: Introduced June 19, 2014. For updates, visit the federal legislative website.

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:CONG US HR 5242 - Summer electronic benefits for National School Meal Program
Summary:The bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to establish a permanent, nationwide summer electronic benefits transfer for children program.
Sponsor(s):Susan David (D)
Status:
As of 8/19/2014: For status updates, visit the federal legislative website.

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HRes 90 - Concerning SNAP
Summary:Would express the sense of the House of Representatives that the Committee on Agriculture should not propose any reduction in the availability or amount of benefits provided under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and should reject any proposed legislation that includes any provisions that reduce the availability or amount of benefits provided under SNAP.
Sponsor(s):Representative James P. McGovern (D - MA)
Status:
As of 3/15/2013: Sponsor made introductory remarks on measure -- CR H820-821
As of 3/5/2013: Referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD SB 452 - Improve Nutrition Programs Act
Summary:Would eliminate the nutrition education grant program.
Sponsor(s):Senator Pat Roberts (R - KS)
Status:
As of 3/8/2013: Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 1182 - Repeal performance-based bonus payments to states
Summary:Would repeal the USDA's authority to make performance-based bonus payments to the states, ie eliminate a financial incentive for states to implement SNAP efficiently.
Sponsor(s):Representative Scott DesJarlais (R - TN)
Status:
As of 4/8/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 3/25/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 1355 - State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act of 2013
Summary:Would provide Federal financial assistance to the States, in the form of a single grant (or block grant), to allow the States maximum flexibility in providing, and financing the provision of, supplemental food and nutrition assistance.
Sponsor(s):Representative Tim Huelskamp (R - KS)
Status:
As of 5/6/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
As of 4/1/2013: Introduced, referred to the Committees on Agriculture, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 1510 - SNAP Improvement Act of 2013
Summary:Would change status from "benefits" to "assistance", eliminate low-income home energy assistance, eliminate inflation adjustments, eliminate eligibility of lottery or gambling winners, eliminate state bonuses, eliminating nutritional education grants, and terminate an increase in benefits.
Sponsor(s):Representative Randy Neugebauer (R - TX)
Status:
As of 5/8/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 4/25/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD SB 762 - Improvements to SNAP
Summary:Would award block grants to states, change eligibility requirements, eliminate funding for employment and training programs, create a centralized database for cross-compliance, penalize states for errors, repeal incentive grants for states, and change the allocation of nutrition education grants.
Sponsor(s):Senator John Thune (R - SD)
Status:
As of 4/26/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 1752 - SNAP Transparency Act
Summary:Would require retail food stores to collect, and report to the Secretary of Agriculture, detailed information that identifies food items purchased with benefits provided under the supplemental nutrition assistance program; and to require the Secretary to compile and publish such information.
Sponsor(s):Representative Thomas Marino (R - PA)
Status:
As of 5/24/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 5/2/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 1657 - Improve the SNAP program
Summary:Would change eligibility and re-enrollment requirements, change standard utility allowances, repeal funding for employment and training programs, change work requirement, create a centralized database for cross-compliance, institute a penalty for states' errors, repeal the incentive program for states re: errors, and change the nutrition education grant program.
Sponsor(s):Representative Marlin A. Stutzman (R - IN)
Status:
As of 5/8/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 4/30/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 1929 - Enhancing Employment through Education and Employment Act
Summary:Would carry out pilot projects to reduce dependency and increase work effort in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Sponsor(s):Representative Susan K. DelBene (D - WA)
Status:
As of 5/24/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 5/17/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 2384 - Food Security Improvement Act
Summary:Would require that supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits be calculated with reference to the cost of the low-cost food plan as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Sponsor(s):Representative Theodore E. Deutch (D - FL)
Status:
As of 7/1/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 6/24/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 2404 - Enhancing Nutrition Services to the Elderly and Disabled Act
Summary:Would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to permit providers of eligible food purchasing and delivery services to be approved as retail food stores that accept and redeem supplemental nutrition assistance benefits.
Sponsor(s):Representative Erik Paulsen (R - MN)
Status:
As of 8/15/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 6/25/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 3073 - Healthy Food Choices Act of 2013
Summary:Would require that SNAP benefits be used to purchase only supplemental foods that are eligible for purchase under WIC.
Sponsor(s):Representative Phil Roe, MD (R - TN)
Status:
As of 10/21/2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 9/13/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 3102 - Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act
Summary:Would reduce funding for SNAP recipients and apply new restrictions for eligibility.
Sponsor(s):Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Status:
As of 9/25/2013: Passed by House, received in Senate
As of 9/18/2013: Introduced, referred to Committees on Agriculture, Education and the Workforce, and Foreign Affairs

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD SB 1635 - Extend not Cut SNAP Benefits Act
Summary:Would extend SNAP benefits increase through 2014.
Sponsor(s):Senator Robert P. Casey (D - PA)
Status:
As of 11/6/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:FD HR 3353 - Extend not Cut SNAP Benefits Act
Summary:Would extend SNAP benefits increase through 2014.
Sponsor(s):Representative John Conyers, Jr (D - MI)
Status:
As of 12/16/2013: Referred to the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
As of 11/5/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:CONG US Senate 2015
Summary:Would help individuals receiving assistance under means-tested welfare programs obtain self-sufficiency, to provide information on total spending on means-tested welfare programs, and to provide an overall spending limit on means-tested welfare programs.
Sponsor(s):Senator Mike Lee (R) (co-sponsors: Mr. Cruz, Mr. Vitter, and Mr. Inhofe)
Status:
As of 2/24/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:CONG HR 4731 - provide spending on means-tested welfare programs
Summary:Would help individuals receiving assistance under means-tested welfare programs obtain self-sufficiency, to provide information on total spending on means-tested welfare programs, to provide an overall spending limit on means-tested welfare programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor(s):Rep. Jim Jordan (R) (co-sponsors: (Mr. Smith, Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Huelskamp, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Weber, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Salmon, Mr. Price, and Mr. Duncan)
Status:
As of 6/3/2014: For status updates, please check the legislature's website.

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:CONG US S 2421 - Reform Food for Peace Program
Summary:This Act would amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151) to reform the Food for Peace Program. This program covers emergency and nonemergency assistance, and authorizes providing assistance of agricultural commodities produced in the United States or acquired through local or regional procurement (including products derived from agricultural commodities), funds, and vouchers to meet food needs arising from manmade and natural disasters, including famines and other food crises.
Sponsor(s):Senator Bob Corker (R)
Status:
As of 6/13/2014: For status updates, please review the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Federal
Bill:CONG US HR 4908 - Commission to discuss and improve health care issues
Summary:A commission would be created to discuss and improve health care issues facing Native children, including mental health, physical health, and nutrition.
Sponsor(s):Rep. Tom Cole (R)
Status:
As of 8/14/2014: Introduced June 19, 2014