Mean Republicans Trying to Stop Welfare Dollars Going to Strip Joints

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Oh, no, welfare checks cannot be spent in strip clubs or casinos if the mean House Republicans get their way. They have no pity for the downtrodden who need a little wholesome entertainment. Bad Republicans. We all want our tax money going to strip joints because that is who we are now.

How do you think Harry Reid will handle this coming from Nevada and all? Remarkably, the Republicans are being criticized for this because the administration wasn’t really serious about the whole eliminate waste, fraud and abuse thing.

…The benefit program in question is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), formerly known as welfare. TANF provides cash assistance to working poor families — often through an electronic benefit transfer card that can be used like a debit card. The money is meant to be spent on food, rent and other necessities.

Some recipients’ use of their TANF benefits were called into question after media reports found the cards were being swiped at ATMs in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Some recipients were also accessing their benefits out of state, including in Las Vegas casinos, at shops in Hawaii and on cruise ships, according to the reports.

The bill would force states to develop policies to prevent this from happening.

“This legislation stops waste, fraud, and abuse within the welfare program,” said Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr., a Louisiana Republican. “It protects the public interest by ensuring money meant to help Americans get back on their feet is used for that very purpose.”

Advocates for the low-income, however, said the legislation isn’t really needed and that Congress has more important issues to focus on…Read more: Money CNN

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