CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Congressman Steve King during their extensive interview about the $1.6 billion that is allocated in the 2018 budget by Congress to begin construction on the Border Wall.
She asked, “Are you comfortable providing $1.6 billion of taxpayer money, not from Mexico, to build that wall? He responded, “Absolutely yes and more. And I’d throw another $5 billion on the pile. And I would find a half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget.”
King continued, “And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations. We’ve got to put America back to work, this administration will do it.”
He says, “And we’ve got to free them up so they can and support the right agenda for this country.” Camerota sees her opportunity to play the “heartless Republican” card, repeating back to King, “You want to take food from the people who are on the lowest rung in terms of the nation’s safety net, and their children, in terms of food stamps, you’re willing to take money from them to build the $1.6, or to give the $1.6 billion for the border wall.”
King doesn’t bother to correct her, that she missed where he just explained that would be part of a $4.5 billion increase, instead he just lets it pass, nods in affirmation, and says, “For a couple of reasons. One of them will be that we will create the kind of security that would bring about ten million new jobs in America, just by enforcing immigration law.”
“A second thing is,” says King, “I wouldn’t impose anything anymore strict on anybody in America than what Michelle Obama did with her school lunch program. And so I would just say let’s limit it to that, anybody that wants to have food stamps up to the school lunch program, that’s fine.”
He points out, “We have seen this go from 19 million people on now SNAP program up to 47 million people on the SNAP program.” Camerota interjects, “And you don’t think all of them need it.” King replies, “Oh, I’m sure that all of them didn’t need it, so we need to set this down and ratchet it back down again.”
King says, “We built the programs to solve the problem of malnutrition in America. And now we have a problem of obesity. And when you match up the EBT card with what the scales say on some of the folks, I think it’s worth looking at. Michelle Obama looked at it, Republicans should be able to look at it too.
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