New Missouri bill would restrict food stamp purchases

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WKRN) – A new bill in Missouri surrounding food stamp restrictions is causing a lot of controversy.

According to ABC News affiliate KMBC in Kansas City, the bill would stop people from buying soft drinks, energy drinks, chips, cookies, seafood and steak with food stamps.

State Rep. Rick Brattin of Harrisonville sponsored the bill and said it’s one way to get spending under control and bring the focus of the program back to nutrition.

“It will reduce the luster of the program and it will have the effect of a drawback because the ability to buy anything and everything under the sun will no long be there,” Brattin stated.

He told the station that if his family qualified for Electronic Benefit Transfer, which is an electronic system that allows state welfare departments to issue benefits to families on a payment card, they would receive more than $1,000 per month.

“I would have to just go through and just start throwing stuff into the cart. There is so much money being allocated into these programs, and if we remove the luster, I really think that will have a drawback effect,” he said.

The station reported that others feel labeling some food as too luxurious is outrageous and that those who qualify for support should have the freedom to choose how to use the program.

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