IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 7, 2017
Mr. Casey (for himself and Ms. Collins) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
To amend the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 to streamline application processes and reduce the administrative burden for the commodity supplemental food program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Nourishing Our Golden Years Act.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program certification
Section 5(g) of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 (7 U.S.C. 612c note) is amended—
Except and inserting the following:
by adding at the end the following:
Definition of certification period
In this paragraph, the term
certification period means the period that a participant in the commodity supplemental food program may continue to receive benefits under that program without a formal review of the eligibility of the participant.
Minimum certification period
Subject to subparagraph (C), a State shall establish a certification period of not less than 1 year.
On the request of a State, the Secretary shall approve a State certification period of more than 1 year on the condition that, on an annual basis, the local agency in the State administering the commodity supplemental food program—
verifies the address and continued interest of each participant in receiving program benefits; and
has sufficient reason to determine that the participant still meets the income eligibility standards, which may include a determination that the participant has a fixed income.