Maine Congressman: No Welfare for Convicted Terrorists

Wait…you mean that’s not already the law? Terrorists can get welfare?

Yes, currently, welfare benefits are available to convicted terrorists after they get out of prison. And, of course, as we always discuss on the Teri O’Brien Show, refugees are automatically eligible for welfare, food stamps and other public assistance. Asylum seekers are not immediately eligible for federal benefits. They have to wait until their applications are processed. Of course, once that happens, it’s Katie, bar the door. Just look at those fine, upstanding asylum beneficiaries, the Tsarnaev family, who received over $100,000 in benefits.

Now a Republican congressman from Maine wants to close the loophole that would allow terrorists who are released from prison after serving their time.

From The Daily Signal:

A congressman plans to introduce legislation Monday that would block terrorists from receiving food stamps.

“I am shocked that our current law does not prevent the criminals who have been convicted of plotting and carrying out acts of terrorism against innocent Americans from getting welfare benefits,” Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, said in a statement.

Poliquin’s proposed bill, called the No Welfare for Terrorists Act, would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 and make certain convicted felons (terrorists) ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps.

“A federal conviction of ‘terrorism’ currently does not disqualify an individual from receiving food stamps,” Poliquin’s spokesman Brendan Conley said in a statement to The Daily Signal.

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I am certain that the House will pass this legislation. That’s a no-brainer. Will Mitch McConnell bring it up for a vote, or will he whine that he can’t because Barack Obama will veto it, clearly oblivious to the political benefit of letting the one do so?

Stay tuned.

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