After criticism from 8-year-old, Tennessee lawmaker withdraws welfare bill

8-year-old urges defeat of anti-welfare bill
Aamira Fetuga, an eight-year-old home school student, walks the halls of the Tennessee state capitol. Aamira confronted State Sen. Stacey Campfield about his bill that would tie welfare benefits to how recipients’ children performed in school. Courtesy Raw Story

You don’t too often about children standing up for the rights of those who are receiving government assistance.

Meet Aamira Fetuga, an 8-year-old home schooled student who hounded Tennessee Republican State Sen. Stacey Campfield for his sponsorship of a bill that would tie welfare benefits to how students performed in the classroom. Aamira on Thursday confronted the lawmaker with a petition signed by those who oppose his bill.

According to Raw Story:

“You are so weak, to not listen to a child,” a parent said as Campfield walked away with the girl following.

“Why do you want to cut benefits for people?” 8-year-old Fetuga asked after she caught up with him on a Capitol escalator.

“Well, I wouldn’t as long as the parent shows up to school and goes to two parent-teacher conferences and they’re exempt,” the state Senator explained.

The confrontation continued during what appeared to be long, uncomfortable walk to the Senate floor for Campfield.

“Using children as props is shameful,” he grumbled at one point.

I’m sure the State Senator wouldn’t have a problem if anti-abortion activists flooded the state capitol holding anti-abortion signs. But that’s a different subject for another.

In any event, Campfield eventually withdrew his legislation after the confrontation and according to The Tennessean, he wasn’t too upset about the bill’s demise.

As I argued in my previous post about this legislation, Campfield basically wanted to make it harder for families to feed their children in an effort to get them to perform better in the classroom. I’m glad to see that Campfield realized his nonsensical legislation had no chance of passing and he therefore did the right thing by withdrawing the bill from consideration.

As for Aamira, keep on plugging away at these anti-family lawmakers and their attempts to destroy working families and their children. We both know that Campfield and his cohorts, and others like him in Republican-dominated legislatures around the country, will try again next year to shove their ALEC-backed ideas down the throats of their constituents.

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