Saylor Commends Vote to Protect Welfare for American Citizens
HARRISBURG – House Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-York) commended the bipartisan majority of House members today who joined with him in voting to advance Senate Bill 9, legislation that would protect welfare benefit resources for those who are legally entitled to them.

“Americans are a generous people, and we have always been willing to help those who have, for one reason or another, fallen upon difficult times,” Saylor said. “But we also expect everyone to play by the same set of rules, and that means you have to be a citizen or legal resident of this country in order to draw public benefits. Doling out taxpayer-funded benefits to those who are not in this country legally is nothing less than stealing food, clothing, and housing resources from American citizens.”

As passed by the House today, Senate Bill 9 would: 

        • Require any individual applying for public benefits to provide certain state – or 
          federally – issued forms of identification and sign an affidavit that he or she is a 
          U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or lawfully present in the United States 
          according to federal law. 

        • Require any agency administering public benefits to verify the legal status of 
          every non-citizen applying for benefits through the federal Systematic Alien 
          Verification of Entitlement (SAVE) program. 

        • Make it a third-degree felony offense for an illegal alien to possess or use an 
          Electronic Benefits Card (EBT).

The Pennsylvania Office of the Auditor General recently uncovered $3.3 million in public benefits awarded to ineligible recipients. This includes ever-increasing reports of Pennsylvania EBT cards being used throughout North America and local police frequently discovering them in the possession of illegal aliens, as revealed in recent testimony by a Pennsylvania law enforcement officer before the House State Government Committee.

A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform confirms that final passage of Senate Bill 9 and the rest of the Legislature’s National Security Begins at Home package could save Pennsylvania taxpayers $1.4 billion annually.

Senate Bill 9 now returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

House Majority Whip Stan Saylor
94th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Charles Lardner
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