Illinois senator wants to ban unhealthy food stamp purchases



DECATUR -- An Illinois lawmaker says people shouldn't get to buy unhealthy food with food stamps.

Republican Senator Kyle McCarter filed a resolution asking federal lawmakers to ban non-nutritious food stamp purchases.

"It makes no sense to subsidize poor nutrition with tax dollars today, to only have to find additional tax dollars in the future to pay for the consequences of poor nutrition," McCarter said.

There have been several debates over limiting food stamp purchases in the past.  Congress has said before that there is not enough research directly linking food stamps to poor diet or obesity.


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