Another effort by Republicans to strip poor, disabled, elderly and homeless citizens of dignity and acceptance along with their most efficient connection to wider society. In the work world our society operates in such a way that constant availability through email and phone contact is expected. Miss that call or email by a day's response time and you might miss the job opportunity. I have a sister with serious mental illness and physical ailments as well. Her cellphone is literally a "lifeline" to her to be able to call and talk with someone if fear overtakes her. Ironically, her fear is largely based on a paranoid delusion that the government is "out to get her" and the climate of this Administration and the Republican agenda is making that thought much more real and terrifying to her - and frankly the constant onslaught of attacks on the poor and disabled have literally made her sicker. Understand, her mental illness is serious enough that she was once committed to a mental hospital. She lives independently on approximately $800 a month of SSDI. With her cell phone and my cell phone she knows there is someone there for her always. With respect to landlines, very few people I know still have them because their efficiency is so outmoded. Some comments indicate government should not be in the business of "providing" cell phones to people. The reality is that government used to consider one of its roles was to bring utilities fairly to everyone and protect citizens from price gouging on those essential services. And make no mistake. Cell phones are essential. If there is waste or fraud in this program - for which I can find no proof offered - fix that, don't punish citizens not at fault. At defense department request an outside consultant found 250million of waste in a 5 year span of the military budget - Pentagon powers that be buried those embarrassing study results rather than acting on recommendations. I don't see these Republican scrooges suggesting reducing the defense budget by that amount until efficiency and waste are accounted for and eliminated. That's my money being misspent, I call that fraud. Not to mention, under the payback provision of this bill, who will end up paying the amount providers are being asked to return to the government? Us, the American people. This is bad legislation.