Bryant Sponsors Welfare Reform Package

Murphysboro....State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) has signed on to sponsor multiple pieces of legislation aimed at rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in Illinois' welfare programs. As the Illinois House returns to Springfield later this month, Bryant says she is focusing hard on finding places to cut the budget and improve efficiencies.

"With the new Session approaching, I am working hard to shrink government spending and root out waste, fraud, and abuse," Bryant said. "Now that we have a budget in place for the first time in more than two years, I will be strongly advocating that Illinois stick to a tight financial diet far into the future. This is not merely lip service on my part. I am sponsoring specific policy proposals that could start saving our State money right away."

Bryant is a chief co-sponsor of three specific proposals he says will result in savings for Illinois taxpayers.

HB 4180 would require drug testing for individuals applying for welfare benefits.

HB 4181 would require the name and photo of the primary cardholder to be on an Illinois Link card and, at the option of the primary cardholder, the names of secondary holders who are authorized to use the card. It establishes that an individual may only use the Link card if the photo on the card matches the user or he or she presents a current and valid photo identification that confirms that he or she is a secondary user listed on the card.

Another proposal, HB 4182, would bar illegal immigrants from taking part in entitlement programs. These include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), the Children's Health Insurance Program, ALL KIDS Health Insurance program, TANF, and the medical assistance program.

"The truth is, the legislative package I am sponsoring will save Illinois taxpayers significant dollars on entitlement program spending. I urge Speaker Madigan and the rest of my colleagues in Springfield to take the problem of exploding entitlement spending seriously and to advance these important cost saving measures when we return to Session later this month."

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