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S. 2359: A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to require consideration of the assets of a household for broad-based categorical eligibility for the supplemental nutrition assistance program.


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 31, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2359

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 31, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

A BILL

To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to require consideration of the assets of a household for broad-based categorical eligibility for the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

1.

Assets as income for categorical eligibility for the supplemental nutrition assistance program

(a)

In general

Section 5(a) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014(a)) is amended—

(1)

in the fourth sentence, by striking Assistance and inserting the following:

(4)

Availability of assistance

Assistance

;

(2)

in the third sentence, by striking Except and inserting the following:

(3)

General assistance programs

Except

;

(3)

in the second sentence—

(A)

by striking Notwithstanding and inserting the following:

(2)

Categorical eligibility

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), and notwithstanding

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Consideration of assets

(i)

Definition of nonincome asset

In this subparagraph, the term nonincome asset means available cash (including in a savings account or checking account), a stock, a savings bond, a mutual fund, a pension fund, and a real estate holding (other than a primary home).

(ii)

Consideration of assets

A household described in subparagraph (A) shall not be eligible to participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program if the total nonincome assets of the household are valued at not less than—

(I)

$2,250; or

(II)

in the case of a household that includes an elderly or disabled member, $3,500.

; and

(4)

by striking (a) Participation and inserting the following:

(a)

In general

(1)

Eligible households

Participation

.

(b)

Conforming amendments

(1)

Section 11(i)(2) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2020(i)(2)) is amended by striking the second sentence of section 5(a) and inserting section 5(a)(2).

(2)

Section 17(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(bb) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C 2026(b)(1)(B)(iv)(III)(bb)) is amended by striking the last sentence of section 5(a) and inserting section 5(a)(4).