Paulsen bill bans welfare access at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos

The House passed legislation Thursday that will extend welfare funding into next year and prevent recipients from accessing benefits from certain locales. Erik Paulsen, R. Minn., sponsored the bill and says the measure is needed to curb abuse.
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The House passed legislation Thursday that will extend welfare funding into next year and prevent recipients from accessing benefits from certain locales. Erik Paulsen, R. Minn., sponsored the bill and says the measure is needed to curb abuse.

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