Congress set to tackle food stamp issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) – Congress is on recess until next week, but when they return, one of the most controversial items on their agenda will be the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

Before the recess, senators agreed on a proposal of a lifetime denial of food stamps to people convicted of certain violent crimes.

As it stands, drug felons cannot get food stamps.

The new proposal extends that ban to people convicted of murder, rape or pedophilia.

Opponents of the plan say it unfairly targets minorities because they have a higher incarceration rate.

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