H.R.1609 - To amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to require the Administrator of the Internal Revenue Service to verify income for purposes of determining the eligibility of persons for certain Department of Agriculture payments and benefits, and for other purposes.111th Congress (2009-2010)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 03/19/2009)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||04/23/2009 Referred to the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.1609 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/19/2009)
Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to deny certain agricultural commodity payments for not less than five years, or permanently, to a person or legal entity that has knowingly engaged in, or aided in the creation of a fraudulent document, or failed to disclose material information relevant to the administration of such benefits. (Current law authorizes payment denial for up to five crop years.)
Requires that a person or legal entity that received benefits while ineligible due to excess income repay such amounts fully.
Directs the Secretary to request the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to verify the income-related eligibility of a benefit applicant, and deny benefits to a person or entity determined to be ineligible. Authorizes Farm Service Agency reconsideration of a denial.