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House bans welfare recipients' money from strip clubs, liquor stores

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY W.G. DUNLOP An Iraqi liquor store owner keeps beer bottles cool in a fridge at his shop in Baghdad on September 5, 2001. Selling alcohol in Iraq is a dangerous business, with liquor store workers facing bombings, shootings and robberies, while also being separated from their families, who often live elsewhere, but a dearth of other jobs keeps Baghdad's liquor stores staffed.


The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that prohibits welfare recipients from using their government subsidy in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos.

The measure easily received the necessary support of two-thirds of House members, with 395 voting in favor and only 27 opposing.

House Republicans introduced and promoted the proposal as a way to eliminate government wasteful spending. It has passed the House before, and they re-introduced it again hoping it will become part of a bill to extend the payroll tax credit, which both the House and Senate is expected to debate this month.

The Senate has not agreed to take up the measure.

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