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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Vitter introduces Welfare Abuse Prevention Act

Vitter introduces Welfare Abuse Prevention Act

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) earlier in the week introduced the Welfare Abuse Prevention Act, legislation to limit the amount of money that welfare recipients can withdraw from ATMs each day using Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards funded through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Vitter’s legislation would limit ATM withdrawals to $25 per day. Kansas recently passed state-level legislation to curb abuse, and Vitter’s legislation would extend these reforms at the federal level.

“Welfare assistance is meant to help folks get back on their feet, and that means using this extra help responsibly,” Vitter said. “Americans across the country have struggled under a depressed economy, and my legislation would make sure that taxpayer dollars are going toward real necessities, not liquor stores and casinos.”

Use of money withdrawn from ATMs using EBT cards cannot be traced, and Vitter’s legislation would ensure this assistance is used for its proper intent. His legislation would not prevent welfare recipients from using EBT cards as debit cards within approved establishments or using money orders for larger cash purchases, such as rent.