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Vitter’s Food Stamp Amendment to Farm Bill Passes House

Senator David Vitter's amendment to the Farm Bill that would prohibit convicted murderers, rapists, and pedophiles from receiving food stamps was included in the legislation that passed the House of Representatives.
Washington D.C. -- – U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) announced that his amendment to the Farm Bill that would prohibit convicted murderers, rapists, and pedophiles from receiving food stamps was included in the legislation that passed the House of Representatives today 251 - 166. The Senate is expected to take up the legislation soon, as early as this week.

“Welfare spending has grown at an unsustainable rate in recent years. In fact, food stamp programs cover one in five Americans – including folks who have a job,” Vitter said. “I think we need to make some major reforms, including a complete ban in the program for anyone who’s committed a violent crime like murder or rape. I applaud the House for passing my amendment and expect my Senate colleagues to do the same.”

Under current law, there is a lifetime ban for convicted drug felons, though many states have opted out of or modified that ban. Vitter’s amendment would extend the lifetime food stamp ban to dangerous sex offenders and murderers.

Last year, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office released an audit on the federally-funded Louisiana food stamp program. The audit covered the fiscal years from 2010 to 2012 and found that there were duplicate and overpayments of millions of dollars. The results show that more than $1.1 million was issued to 1,761 people who were in prison, 322 people gained benefits even though their wages exceeded $50,000, and 3,060 people used $2 million worth of benefits in a state other than Louisiana.
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