The first bill introduced by Congresswoman Mary Peltola raced through the committee process and was quickly passed by the House of Representatives in just 10 days. Some are calling the bill the Hooked on Handouts Act, but it’s formally known as House Resolution 8888, creating an Office of Food Security for veterans. Rather than increasing veterans’ pay, it gets them to use government programs to survive.
The bill focuses on encouraging veterans to apply for food stamps, or SNAP benefits, or WIC benefits. It sets up the office in the Department of Veterans Affairs and will create a mini-bureaucracy devoted to getting veterans hooked on government benefits.
The bill now will be considered by the Senate.