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Alabama Congressman unveils new proposal for drug testing food stamp recipients

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Robert Aderholt represents the fourth Congressional district in Alabama. (WHNT News 19 file photo)

(WHNT) – Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Halyeville, who represents the fourth Congressional district in Alabama and chairs the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, has recently unveiled a new proposal to Congress.

Food stamp recipients in the U.S. could be subject to drug testing in the future, if the proposal is passed.  The proposal would allow states to opt into mandatory drug testing as a requirement for receiving food stamps.

Around 46 million Americans and more than 850,000 Alabamians use food stamps to purchase groceries every month.

Rep. Aderholt maintains that the testing will save money and, ultimately help those with substance abuse problems.

“This is a compassionate way to try and help these people who have issues, instead of turning the head,” said Aderholt