Senator Vitter Wants To Cut Free Cellphones And $2.2 Billion From Budget
Senator David Vitter joined 'Mornings With Ken and Bernie' by phone today and said he will be in the district having town hall meetings during the two week Easter recess. Today's meeting will be at the City Hall in Abbeville from 4:00 until 5:00pm.
Senator Vitter said he introduced a resolution proposing to,
Do away with free cellphones for welfare recipients. That has absolutely exploded, mushroomed in cost from $143 million in 2008 to over $2.2 billion in 2012 or 15 times the original cost...There's a lot of fraud and a lot of cellphones are being held by people that do not qualify under the law.
When questioned about free cellphones having helped President Obama win reelection Vitter said,
The biggest issue in the election was whether the nation wanted an entitlement society or an opportunity society and unfortunately from my point of view, the entitlement folks won.
Senator Vitter concluded by saying,
The program was started by the government as a safety issue and it has mushroomed from there as most government programs into a $2.2 billion program.
Listen to the interview: