FreshDirect, the Internet grocer site, has requested Congress to pass legislation that would allow people to buy food stamps online, according to Crain’s New York. Jason Ackerman, CEO of FreshDirect, wrote to the House Agricultural Committee saying that the, “ubiquity of the Internet in the 21st century” should motivate the government to modernize food-stamp policies.
The Republicans in the House of Representatives are not in support of Ackerman’s idea because they feel too many Americans are receiving food stamps already. The Senate though has included an Amendment in the 2012 Farm Bill that authorizes a national pilot program for using food stamps online. The House version of the Farm Bill does not include that authorization.
If the house passes the Farm Bill without the food stamps amendment, it is still possible that it could be included in the final version through the reconciliation process with the Senate.