U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called Republican Gov. Scott Walker ignorant of the law Wednesday for filing a lawsuit in response to not being allowed to drug-test food stamp recipients.
The Walker administration filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Vilsack and other top officials at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the agency informed the state it could not drug-test those on food stamps. The agency oversees the welfare program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“Gov. Walker hasn’t read the law,” Vilsack told The Huffington Post. “It’s always a good idea before you start litigation to understand what the law is.”
Walker is running in the Republican primary for president. The main problem is unclear federal rules regarding whether states can drug-test those on the welfare program.