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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  1. lynn says:

    How about they pick up prepackaged groceries, that include dry beans, rice, milk, eggs, & just healthy food along with a planned menu and recipes. Wouldn’t this be both healthy and provide an incentive to get off of food stamps? win/win

  2. Roger Mitchell says:

    Why was this not in the rules from day one , While spent many yrs working in those Hoods to keep the section 8 housing occupants sung and cozy I learned many things 1st hand while working in their apartments 1st most 95% of them all are fat and at risk for need of free medical care , only in this country have I ever seen overly fat poor people that get 1st class free health care.
    2nd I have had more then I could count to approach me on any given 1st and 15th of any month asking me hey brother want t buy some stamps ? I’ll give you a 100.00 of food stamps for 25.00 cash..and
    3rd I say drug test them all .. I had to be drug tested to be able to work to go fix their apartment mechanical systems . Then set there to be told man why are you working ? Then start to laughing at the white boy working while they all danced and drank 40’s taking about their disability and welfare checks .