Pa. Senate bill requiring U.S. citizenship to receive welfare benefits heads to House
HARRISBURG, PA (WPMT) In a bipartisan 40 – 8 vote the Pennsylvania Senate approved a measure that would require proof of United States citizenship for any indivdual applying for public assistance.
Senate Bill 9, is part of an ongoing effort in the Senate to reform the commonwealth’s welfare programs. Last fiscal year the Department of Welfare, now called the Department of Human Services, received $11.4 in state funding, just shy of the State Education Departments $11.6 billion.
The senate bill also includes grants and loans from the state and local governments as public benefits. Senate Bill 9 now heads to the GOP dominated State House for consideration.