Target: Senator David Vitter, Louisiana
Goal: Oppose recent bill demanding that citizens on food stamps provide ID with every purchase
Under a recently introduced bill, American citizens using food stamps will be forced to show identification every time they wish to purchase their food. Besides the ramifications on an emotional level regarding the humiliation this can cause, this is also a serious issue as an astoundingly high number of people in poverty lack any sort of ID card. Sign this petition opposing this bill that would push even more people into starvation.
As it currently stands, getting an exact percentage of people on food stamps who have identification is difficult because the majority of research done is based on voter registration lists. However, this research still provides an accurate and scary look at how few individuals on food stamps would be able to comply with the potential new law. Approximately 11% of those in the program have no ID, which equates to about 21 million people suddenly without access to food. Additionally, one in four African Americans surveyed also had no ID.
Another problem with this bill is that it provides no solution. It simply states that those without ID should no longer be able to use their food stamps, with no mention of how someone without ID could go about acquiring one. Senator Vitter, who introduced this bill, says it’s a means of making those using food stamps accountable and decreasing fraud within the program. In reality, food programs have the lowest fraud rates of any public program, coming in at only 1%.
Sign this petition to help ensure struggling Americans are still able to have proper access to food in government programs. Enforcing a bill requiring ID won’t make the program more efficient but will rather drive at least 21 million people into starvation. Tell Senator Vitter that his bill is not the answer.
Dear Senator Vitter,
I recently read about your proposed bill concerning the government food stamps program. Your proposal suggests every person on food stamp provide ID when purchasing food, as a way of decreasing fraud within the program. While I respect the desire to decrease fraud, this bill will do more harm than good.
According to research, approximately 11% of registered voters on food stamps have ID cards, a number which translates to roughly 21 million citizens. This bill would deny each of those people their only access to food, driving them into starvation.
Additionally, the government food stamp program has the lowest fraud rates of any public program, having been measured at 1% fraud.
Please do not push this bill forward. There are many other important areas in which fraud needs to be fought, and the food stamp patrons do not deserve to be without food because of this.
[Your Name Here]
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