What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : H.R. 2744. Appropriations/Agriculture/Vote on Amendment to Ensure that U.S. Government is Reimbursed by Private Citizens for Cost of Food Stamps Provided to Legal Aliens. (2005 house Roll Call 237)
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H.R. 2744. Appropriations/Agriculture/Vote on Amendment to Ensure that U.S. Government is Reimbursed by Private Citizens for Cost of Food Stamps Provided to Legal Aliens.
house Roll Call 237     Jun 08, 2005
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered to H.R. 2744 by Scott Garrett (R-NJ) to ensure that the U.S. government is reimbursed by private citizens when food stamps are provided to legal aliens. Garrett explained that an affidavit of support must be filled out by a U.S. sponsor when an alien legally enters the U.S. The affidavit attests that a U.S. private citizen intends to sponsor the alien for a period of 10 years or until the alien becomes a citizen, whichever comes first, so that the alien does "not become a public charge." Thus, Garrett argued on behalf of many Republicans, the U.S. government should not bear the cost of providing food stamps to aliens who have a commitment of sponsorship from private citizens. In the event food stamps are obtained by aliens, Garrett declared that the U.S. government should seek reimbursement from the aliens' private sponsors. He pointed out that this responsibility is already laid out in current law, and thus his amendment was merely reiterating a policy which was already law. Taking the Progressive position, Henry Bonilla (R-TX) asserted that the amendment was "unnecessary and duplicative and there is no indication that USDA is doing anything to contradict statutory provisions right now related to collection from sponsors of food stamp benefits paid to sponsored aliens." Progressives won this vote when the House defeated this amendment by a vote of 169 to 258, with 66 Republicans crossing party lines to vote "no" with Progressives, and 7 Democrats crossing party lines to vote "yes."

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