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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Food Stamp Bonuses

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

In this week's edition of the Taxpayer's Tab, NTUF has some updates on notable legislation we've been scoring as part of our BillTally project.

Featured in this week's issue:

  • Most Expensive: H.R. 2109, the Back to Basics Job Creation Act of 2013, was introduced by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) to provide grants to low-income, unemployed entrepreneurs looking to establish small businesses. It would increase federal spending by $5 billion in the first year.
  • Least Expensive: Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) introduced H.R. 1182, the Stop Needless Additional Performance Bonuses (SNAP) Act of 2013. It would terminate the 2002 Farm Bill provision that provides extra funding to states that record low error rates in SNAP (colloquially, "food stamp") registration and administration. NTUF estimates it would reduce federal spending by $48 million in the first year.
  • Most Friended: H.R. 938/S. 462, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013, was introduced by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) to provide support for Israel in the form of military funding, low interest rate loans, and other strategic advantages. CBO and NTUF determined it would not increase federal spending relative to existing baselines.
  • Wildcard: Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced H.R. 2012/S. 973, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013. It would extend the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's authority to select horseracing practices. The cost is currently unknown.

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