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16-HR2331 on May 14, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: disallowing buying marijuana with food stamps
Source: No Welfare for Weed Act
Congressional Summary:To prohibit the use of [food stamp and welfare] benefits to purchase marijuana products, to prohibit assistance provided under block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF} from being accessed through the use of an electronic benefit transfer card at any store that offers marijuana for sale. States that have not implemented such policies shall have the amount of their family assistance grants reduced by 5%.

Argument In Favor: [Countable.us]: Prohibits using funds from assistance programs like TANF and SNAP (food stamps) to purchase marijuana sold at legal dispensaries. Aids in preventing misuse of assistance funds. Reinforces existing USDA guidelines in regard to what is or is not eligible for SNAP benefits.

Political Argument Opposed: [Countable.us]: It is impossible to use SNAP benefits to purchase legal marijuana. Much of the furor over this issue originates from a single, satirical article published by political satire web publication "the National Report." The story was picked up by numerous social media sites, many of which believed welfare recipients were using funds from assistance programs to purchase marijuana. In regard to TANF, where cash assistance is provided, this is possible. In regard to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, it is not.

Legal Argument Opposed: [ACLU March 2, 2012]: Drug testing welfare recipients as a condition of eligibility is a policy that is scientifically, fiscally, and constitutionally unsound:

  • Science and medical experts overwhelmingly oppose the drug testing of welfare recipients [because] the stigma associated with testing impacted those on welfare negatively.
  • Random drug testing of welfare recipients is fiscally irresponsible: Drug testing is expensive.
  • Random drug testing of welfare recipients is likely unconstitutional under both the U.S. Constitution and some state constitutions:
Also see opposing bill H.R.2076

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Marijuana is a gateway drug Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: Disallow buying marijuana with food stamps (Score: 2)

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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 16-HR2331

Ann Kirkpatrick s1sArizona Democrat (retiring 2016)May 14, 2015

Republicans participating in 16-HR2331

Brian Babin s1sTexas Republican House MemberMay 14, 2015
Dan Benishek s1sMichigan RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Kevin Brady s1sTexas RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Jim Bridenstine s1sOklahoma RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Ken Buck s1sCO Republican Challenger (withdrawn)May 14, 2015
Paul Cook s1sCalifornia RepublicanMay 14, 2015
John Fleming s1sLA Republican Senate candidateMay 14, 2015
Trent Franks s1sArizona RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Paul Gosar s2pArizona RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Glenn Grothman s1sWisconsin Republican House MemberMay 20, 2015
Andy Harris s1sMaryland RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Tim Huelskamp s1sKansas RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Steve King s1sIowa RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Doug LaMalfa s1sCalifornia RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Doug Lamborn s1sColorado RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Mark Meadows s1sNorth Carolina RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Dan Newhouse s1sWashington Republican House MemberMay 14, 2015
Robert Pittenger s1sNorth Carolina RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Joseph Pitts s1sPennsylvania RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Bruce Poliquin s1sMaine Republican House MemberMay 14, 2015
Matt Salmon s1sArizona RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Pete Sessions s1sTexas RepublicanMay 14, 2015
Ted Yoho s1sFlorida RepublicanMay 14, 2015

Independents participating in 16-HR2331

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 23
Independents: 0

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