A representative in Maryland is stepping up and introducing a bill to reimburse the victims of stolen SNAP benefits this year.
Stolen SNAP Benefits this Year
Millions of Americans rely on SNAP benefits to buy their food during the pandemic and higher inflation rate. It helped American families to meet their daily needs. However, millions also were victims of fraud, identity theft, and stolen SNAP benefits.
According to a report, more than $1 million worth of federal dollars intended for SNAP benefits was stolen from the residents in Maryland. Prince George County Police issued a warning in October in relation to the statewide fraud activities. The county police said there were card skimmers at the different convenience stores.
To address this problem, U.S. House Representative Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland introduced a bill to Congress to reimburse the stolen money of the victims. The bill will amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, according to a report published in WUSA9.
Is There a Possibility that the Bill will Be Approved?
The bill passed by Rep. Ruppersberger will still be debated in the House of Representatives. Once it passes, it will be introduced to the House of Senate. Then after it will pass in the House of Senate, it will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
However, there is no report yet about the progress of the bill but millions of residents in Maryland are hoping that it will be addressed and given attention.