The Unbelievable Gall Amendment to the 2009 Budget by mattsteinglass
April 26, 2009, 2:19 pm
Filed under: Conservatism

Ezra Klein notes that David Vitter offered an amendment to the Senate budget resolution that would have required applicants for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) — welfare, basically — to pass a drug test. The amendment says its aim is to “encourage healthy, drug-free families instead of encouraging dependent behavior or on-going drug abuse.” Klein says the fact that the amendment was handily voted down shows the welfare wars are at last over, and it is indeed great that the amendment was voted down. But for perspective, you have to keep in mind that this amendment to keep Federal tax money from going to anyone who uses drugs was proposed by a guy who used Federal tax money to pay for prostitutes.


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