House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients.

Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt unveiled the legislation on Thursday. The bill is an attempt to support such efforts in states like Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker has sought to require food stamp recipients to undergo drug screening. Walker’s administration filed suit against the Agriculture Department, which has said federal law bars the practice.

The government says states cannot impose new standards of eligibility under the law, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said drug testing recipients is intrusive and ineffective.

Aderholt is the chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees spending for the Agriculture Department, which administers the food stamp program.

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  • White n proud

    Good call, you want Government cheese then pee in a cup, randomly just like I have to do for employment. You get money for doing nothing except dropping babies you can’t afford to raise, and suck at raising them btw. Only caution I have is that most of these recipients are “grandma ” raising the kids so I doubt too many grandmas out drugging it up. The mamas and babies daddy’s should be forced to pay child support to the grand parent