Jon Stewart lambastes Campfield over proposed welfare bill

Jon Stewart lambastes Campfield over proposed welfare bill

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A bill moving forward in the state legislature is now getting national attention.

6 News reported Tuesday about the legislation being sponsored by state Sen. Stacey Campfield.

The bill creates a path for temporary government assistance to be taken away from families whose children don't make satisfactory progress in school.

On Tuesday night, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart mocked the legislation, even referring to it as a version of The Hunger Games.

"Let me see if I get this theory straight. Little Billy is poor and isn't doing very well in school. I have an idea. What if we made him poorer and told his family it was his fault? 'Last semester my grades were bad 'cause I was hungry and cold. But this semester I'm hungrier and colder and my family isn't talking to me so bring on the long division.'" the comedian joked.

"Is Stacey Campfield a state senator or a villain from a Dickens novel?" he added.

Sen. Campfield calls the bill a first step in forcing parents to be more involved with their child's academic progress.

The bill is up for a vote in the state Senate Thursday.

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