June 19, 2013
...The mayors (click here) of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push that's against allowing food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
"More than one third of American adults are now obese, costing approximately $147 billion per year in associated medical expenses," read the letter. "As a result of obesity, this generation of American children is the first to face the possibility of a shorter life expectancy than their parents. It is time to test and evaluate approaches limiting SNAP's subsidization of products, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, that are contributing to obesity."...
If states what to provide food stamps to parolees and those that have served them time in prison there is dearly little the federal government can do. It is called States Rights. I thought Vitter really was a proud States Rights supporter, no? I suppose there Congress can put an amendment or some silly thing on the law, but, it won't hold up in the courts.