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December 11th, 2012
08:48 AM ET

Sen. Sessions: A lot of people should not be receiving food stamps

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been in the spotlight recently for taking a "food stamp challenge" at a time when a record 47.1 million Americans rely on the program.

Senator Jeff Sessions stops by Starting Point this morning to discuss the other side of the debate about the effectiveness of food stamps and to lay out what he sees as the downside of welfare.

"This month was a record increase in food stamp participation during a time when unemployment is declining," Sen. Sessions explains. "This program has been growing out of control at an incredible rate and there are a lot of people receiving benefits who do not qualify and should not receive them... Food stamps is a program that's been totally exempted from oversight and change."

Filed under: Fiscal cliff • Food safety
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