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Rep. King: Use Food Stamps Budget To Fund Border Wall

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Republican Rep. Steve King has called on Congress to use funds from the food stamps budget to pay for the construction of a border wall with Mexico.

King was interviewed on CNN about the $1.6 billion a House subcommittee is expected to request for constructing the wall and asked if he supported it.

"Absolutely, yes and more," King said, according to CNN. "And I'd throw another $5 billion on the pile and I would find half a billion of that from right out of Planned Parenthood's budget. And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people who haven't worked in three generations."

He argued in favor of cutting the number of people receiving food stamps.

"But we've seen this go from 19 million people now on the SNAP program up to 47 million people on the SNAP program," King said. "I'm sure that all of them didn't need it. So, we need to set this down and ratchet it back down again."

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According to Statistics, the average annual household income for a family on food stamps is less than $10,000.

King argued his proposals went no further than measures taken by Democrats.

"I wouldn't impose anything more strict on anybody in America than what [former first lady] Michelle Obama did with her school lunch program," he added. "So, I would just say let's limit to that."

King's comments came the same day as House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer emphasized the opposition of Democrats to the inclusion of border wall funding in the Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

"We're not for it," Hoyer said, according to Morning Consult. "The president lied to the American people. He said the Mexicans were gonna pay for it. It was a stupid thing to say. He had no basis on which to say that."

Republicans hold a majority in the House, but divisions exist within the party on spending.

"They haven't passed any government-wide funding bills without Democrats in seven years," added Hoyer. "So they'll need our votes."

Trump could decide that it is worth risking a government shutdown to secure funding for the wall, which was one of his main pledges during last year's presidential campaign.

"Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!" Trump tweeted in May shortly after a congressional agreement that did not contain funding for the wall.

Sources: CNN, Morning Consult / Photo credit: Mark Taylor/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Department of Labor/Wikimedia Commons

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