Without access to a phone when you're trying your best to rebuild your life so that you aren't dependent on the government will make it nearly impossible to find a good job. Furthermore, in the 21st century a mobile phone to call 911 in an emergency is critical. These people have children who need to be kept safe. And that my friends is a national responsibility. These children just as all children are America's future. Most Americans are one paycheck away from poverty. Being laid off...an illness or accident...a divorce that leaves a wife and her children penniless or in poverty while she gets an education that makes her marketable...there are endless scenarios that force good people to apply for government assistance until they have the necessary income to depend on only themselves. I am disgusted to see how Republicans treat the least of these.