A fine example of Republican hypocrisy OR "if you guys are for it, we're against it - no matter how much we used to say we were for it"
GOP reverses course after Senate Democrats advance bill banning welfare spending on tobacco, liquor, lottery
AUGUSTA, Maine — A surreal reversal in the Maine Senate on Monday saw majority Democrats advance a bill to ban the use of welfare dollars for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, gambling and bail, while Republicans voted against the clampdown — despite having originally supported it.
The move by Democrats, who narrowly approved the bill 18-17 Monday night, is an attempt to blunt Republicans’ attack line that they aren’t serious about welfare reform. Members of the GOP have advocated for wholesale reform of a system they consider too generous.