New to the art form? This Wall Street Journal article will get you orientated. Also, for more information on how some of these titles mislead lawmakers and the citizenry, find some academic commentary from Brian Christopher Jones here:

Friday, May 24, 2013


That's right, lawmakers are now using the phrase that Tracy Morgan popularized on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s to name legislation (although, not in the same fashion, of course). Rep. Black (R., TN) recently introduced the Safety Net Abuse Prevention (SNAP) Act of 2013, which "prohibit[s] the Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using funds for any agreement with a foreign government to promote enrollment in the supplemental nutrition assistance program." The bill also "[t]erminates the Partnership for Nutrition Assistance Initiative between the United States and Mexico."

Additionally, Rep. Marino (R., PA) has introduced the  SNAP Transparency Act of 2013, which, according to the lawmaker's press release, would establish "a system to report items purchased with SNAP benefits – formerly known as food stamps – and requires the Secretary of Agriculture to publish the information online in a searchable, comparable format."

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