Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) has had enough of terrorists in the United States, and their families, getting government assistance after being convicted of the crime. He’s so ticked off about the people who seek to maim and kill Americans getting benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as “food stamps” that he is proposing an amendment to the 2008 Food and Nutrition Act called the No Welfare for Terrorists Act to add terrorism to the litany of felonies that automatically exclude a person from receiving welfare (rape and murder are already on the list).
“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….
“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.
With all luck, a conviction of terrorism will get the felon nothing but prison food, but we the people understand the point. Terrorists – and their families – who try to kill Americans should have zero access to welfare benefits even after serving time. Rep. Poliquin seeks to change that.
“This bill makes a very important clarification in the law, closing a loophole,”Poliquin said in a statement. “It mandates that those who have been convicted of terrorist activity are no longer eligible for federal food stamps.”…
“Terrorist victims and their families should never be forced to fund those who harmed them. This bill guarantees this will never happen.”
Terrorism in US law, is defined as “acts dangerous to human life” that violate criminal laws, “to intimidate or coerce a civilian population” and “to affect the conduct of government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.” Rep. Poliquin’s bill will not change that law, just close off a “loophole” that allows convicts after release from prison – and their families while they are in prison – from accessing public assistance.
The bill will be introduced in Congress on Monday, February 1, and Rep. Poliquin is hopeful that it will have a warm reception.
“I cannot imagine any member of the House of Representatives or the Senate not wanting to close this loophole,” Poliquin told Bangor Daily News. “There should be no welfare for terrorists, period.”
American patriots share your sentiments, Congressman, and are crossing fingers that this bill passes without incident.
All quotes from The Daily Signal