Congressman Randy Neugebauer Says Food Stamps Program Is Being Abused [AUDIO]
On Monday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Congressman Randy Neugebauer talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about the latest coming out of Washington.
Congress is in recess this week for the Easter holiday. But when he returns to Washington, Neugebauer said he will plenty to work on, including bills for crop insurance and spending reform, and his "Pro-Life Act" that aims to cease funding health clinics in school that promote abortion.
One of the big issues Congress faces coming back is the Farm Bill and food stamp reform. Neugebauer said that today, almost 15% of the population is on food stamps, and the program continues to grow at an unsustainable rate. He added that although there are some people who truly do need the food stamps program, there is a real issue with people abusing the program as well.
"There are people that need certain kinds of assistance. Some of them need it for a short period of time, because they've had a temporary setback. Others have permanent disabilities or situation that are going to require them to be on that for the long term. The problem we have is when we allow people to be on those systems that should really be working. We're really letting them steal from the people that actually need those benefits."
You can listen to Congressman Randy Neugebauer Mondays at 7:35 during Lubbock's First News on NewsTalk 790 KFYO.