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Texas legislators consider banning use of food stamps to purchase junk food, energy drinks

Texas legislators are considering banning people from using food stamps to purchase junk food and energy drinks.

According to Democratic state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, who is sponsoring the bill to ban junk food purchases with public-assistance dollars, taxpayers should not be paying for food that could hurt people’s health and ultimately run up government costs down the line.

“You buy whatever you want. You want to buy two pounds of butter and go have that for supper? That’s your money. You do whatever you want,” Raymond told KGBT-TV. “We should not be on the one hand use money tax dollars to buy junk food, and then on the other hand use tax dollars to pay for health related diseases that come about because of junk food.”

Raymond’s bill would prohibit the use of food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, to purchase sweetened beverages, candy, potato or corn chips, and cookies.

Read more at The Daily Caller.


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