Missouri conservatives debate food assistance benefits that will also apply to restaurants.
The legislation isn't groundbreaking . . . A lot of states already have similar measures.
What we like is the GOP hashing out the idea instead of just casually dismissing it . . .
State Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, said the state should be helping disabled veterans, for instance.
“If a veteran who has actually put his or her life on the line and is disabled, they should surely have the right to decide whether they want to go to McDonald’s or whether they want to go to Walmart. I think they’ve earned that right,” he said.
According to Luetkemeyer, the legislation would not expand welfare benefits by a single cent.
State Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, is not on board with the bill. He referred to the effort as “Lobster food stamps” and “Big Mac welfare”.
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'Big Mac welfare' or helping Missouri's most vulnerable? GOP Senators butt heads over SNAP bill - Missourinet
Food stamps could be allowed at some Missouri restaurants. By the minimum number of votes required to pass, the Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that would let the elderly, disabled and homeless use their SNAP benefits at some restaurants. Republican Senators clashed over the bill, including whether the plan helps the most vulnerable -...