March 10, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 42 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
SNAP INTEGRITY; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 42
(House of Representatives - March 10, 2017)
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[Page H2044] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SNAP INTEGRITY (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise to continue the discussion on the Agriculture Committee's findings from hearings conducted to ensure that SNAP--or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--is meeting the needs of those it is intended to serve. After individual resources, family support, and community programs, SNAP is critical to supporting nutritional needs. The program integrity within SNAP is critical for both the functioning and the long-term sustainability of the program. Jessica Shahin of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service emphasized in testimony: ``As vital as the program is to so many, and as well as it operates, we can all agree that it can do even better. And it is up to all of us--the Federal Government, the States, and the local providers--to work together to improve it by holding ourselves accountable. FNS is committed to continually improving the integrity of SNAP.'' Mr. Speaker, opportunities for SNAP program integrity improvements includes defining clear program goals and metrics that generate program improvement and reduce SNAP fraud rates through innovative State and Federal strategies and technologies. ____________________