Representative Proposes Bill To Ban Certain People From Welfare

Mike Regan used to work as a U.S. Marshal and has personally seen criminals dealing in narcotics to possess large sums of money.

Regan is currently the Republican Party representative in Pennsylvania. He states that these criminals hold large sums of cash that isn't recorded on any books, and that they go on to take welfare benefits.

With this in mind and being a believer in the welfare system, when it comes to those who actually need it to survive, Regan says “They are the people who get shortchanged, and we want to stop that. They truly need the benefits, and it’s being siphoned off by those who don’t.”

The Republican Rep. wrote a bill to the house in Pennsylvania, that will ban some of those who have been indicted and convicted of making money in selling drugs, from being able to obtain welfare benefits. "Someone with such large sums of cash doesn’t need government assistance” the Rep. put forward.

Passing this bill would mean that a criminal sentences of 5 to 10 years in prison for particular drug activity, whilst receiving benefits through government assistance, will be banned from the public welfare program. It's important to note that this does not apply to misdemeanor or summary offences. In an attempt to target those truly taking advantage, it only applies to felonies.

Schreiber, a Left-wing Democrat Rep. has said that “this only perpetuates the mindset of ‘once a criminal always a criminal’”. Going on to argue that this bill only serves to undermine the rehabilitation system.

Another Democrat claimed that welfare applicants with drug convictions have to undergo drug tests in order to receive benefits, and claims this is enough to stop anyone scamming the system. Having drugs in your system and making large profits from selling drugs are two different situations.

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