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The tweet is the latest in Vitter's effort to roll back the federal government's Lifeline program that provides basic cellphones to people who are at or below 135 percent of the poverty line. Vitter recently began tweeting photos that constituents have sent him of booths they have encountered, offering free cellphones.

A week earlier Vitter, with Sen. Jim InhofeJames InhofeFeds to consider renewed protections for bird species Trump’s nominees may face roadblocks ‘Covert propaganda’ in federal rulemaking MORE (R-Okla.), introduced legislation that would take away the welfare subsidy for cellphones that has been a part of the Lifeline program since 2008.