(WHAS11) -- The US Agriculture Department is going to impose tougher penalties on stores that violate food stamp rules.
The US Agriculture Department says it will start imposing tougher penalties on stores that violate food stamp rules.
States will also get new tools that will allow them to check databases to determine whether someone who is applying for the benefits is not in jail or dead.
One of every seven Americans receives food stamps.
The move comes as Congress struggles to pass a five year farm and nutrition bill that provides nearly $80 billion a year for the food stamp program.