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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Republicans Keep Pushing New Jim Crow Laws

Struggling families will no longer be allowed to withdraw welfare funds at automated teller machines in liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs if Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives get their way.

The House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Wednesday to push states to ban welfare debit card withdrawals at liquor stores and "naughty" venues, a practice highlighted in a handful of news stories over the past couple of years. The proposal is unlikely to be taken up by the Senate, but it could be folded into a broader legislative package, currently in the works, to reauthorize a payroll tax cut and a federal unemployment insurance measure by the end of the month.

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