Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland Republican, said that many who are using food stamps could benefit from job training instead to get people back in the workforce and help improve the economy.
“Let’s be smart with the dollars we have and help the people who need it,” he said on CNN on Thursday morning. “We have to at least make the offer of job training and encourage people to do that.”
Mr. Harris estimated that about 10 percent of food stamps are used fraudulently, either by people who could be working or by stores trafficking food stamps. The federal money that pays for any food stamps used either unnecessarily or illegally could go to cutting-edge medical research at the National Institutes of Health or to the Defense Department budget, he said.
The House is expected to vote today to cut food stamps.