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  • Unanimous Consent Request—H.R. 4137

    by Senator Ron Wyden

    Posted on 2014-12-16

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    WYDEN. Reserving the right to object, Mr. President.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Oregon.

    Mr. WYDEN. Mr. President, I want to be clear, as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, that I oppose taxpayers subsidizing illegal conduct, and I also oppose setting up a one-size-fits-all Federal mandate that is going to create redtape and confusion for our States to implement.

    This proposal says that TANF electronic benefits cannot be used in any retail store which sells marijuana. This means that a TANF card cannot be swiped in these locations. The reality is that TANF benefits can be withdrawn for cash, and cash can be spent anywhere. Yet this proposal does not seem to recognize that fact.

    Of course, we here in the Senate often hear of burdensome Federal rules and regulations that are imposed on our States and our businesses. My view is this sounds like the epitome of needless bureaucracy in its current form and actually achieves nothing except generating a lot of regulatory hassle.

    For the reasons I have stated, I object.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Objection is heard.

    The Senator from Massachusetts.


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