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Congress bans welfare recipients from using federal funds at strip clubs

K. Jackson

Article source: The

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would prevent people who receive welfare benefits from using their federal payments at strip clubs, casinos or liquor stores. The Hill reports that Republicans have argued this bill will attempt to prevent the waste and abuse of federal payments. The legislation was approved 395-27.

By a 395-27 vote, the House approved legislation that would prevent welfare recipients from accessing their payments in strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores, a proposal Republicans back as a way to reduce waste and abuse of federal payments.

Republicans called up the bill under a suspension of House rules, which required a two-thirds majority vote. While some Democrats grumbled that the bill demeans people who need help, others indicated support for the bill as a common-sense way to reduce waste and ensure that payments go to help families.


The bill, H.R. 3567, was opposed by just one Republican and only 26 Democrats, making it easy for Republicans to reach the two-thirds majority.

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UA commentary by Kevin Jackson:

Welfare for Strippers? America’s poor must really indulge when you consider that Congress is considering banning welfare recipients from using their funds at strip clubs. Many Romney was right in that we needn’t worry about our “very poor”…or our strippers.

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