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  • Newt Gingrich, Mary Mayhew: Hope for those trapped in welfare dependency -- Thanks to Trump

    05/04/2018 7:58:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4, 2018 | Newt Gingrich & Mary Mayhew
    Republicans and members of the Trump administration must keep up the pressure and focus on achieving welfare reform. When President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, many believed that the law would indeed “end welfare as we know it.” It’s what we intended when Congress created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and implemented work requirements to restore welfare to its original intent as a springboard to self-sufficiency. These policies were intended to be the beginning of welfare reform – the beginning of a nationwide policy focused on ending dependency. Instead, President...
  • Welfare Reform Again

    04/17/2018 7:53:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn't. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single mothers increased from 63 percent to 76 percent. In addition, the overall poverty rate has declined over the last half-century. Many able-bodied people who once relied on a government check found jobs and started earning a paycheck. Good news, but the sideshow that has attached itself to so much of the Trump administration has distracted...
  • Trump orders top-to-bottom review of welfare programs

    04/10/2018 3:39:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2018 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday for a government-wide review of welfare programs, with a goal of putting more people back to work, White House officials said. The order directs all federal agencies involved in providing more than $700 billion in low-income assistance annually to study programs that are “failing Americans,” and to report back in 90 days with recommendations, said White House domestic policy council director Andrew Bremberg. “Our country still struggles from nearly record-high welfare enrollments,” Mr. Bremberg said in a conference call with reporters. “President Trump endorses reforms that ensure those in need receive assistance, while...
  • Trump executive order strengthens work requirements for neediest Americans

    04/10/2018 6:04:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2018 | Tracy Jan
    President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to strengthen existing work requirements and introduce new ones for low-income Americans receiving Medicaid, food stamps, public housing benefits and welfare as part of a broad overhaul of government assistance programs. The order directs federal agencies to review all policies related to current work requirements as well as exemptions and waivers and report back to the White House with recommendations within 90 days. “Welfare reform is necessary to prosperity and independence,” said Andrew Bremberg, assistant to the president and director of Trump’s domestic policy council.
  • Trump just took a giant step towards actual welfare reform

    04/11/2018 6:46:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/10/2018 | Kristina Rasmussen
    President Trump’s new executive order on welfare reform has laid the groundwork to get more Americans get back to work while protecting and strengthening the safety net for the truly needy. Federal agencies must take advantage of this opportunity to roll back harmful Obama-era policies that have trapped families in dependency and cost taxpayers billions. Right now, America combines near-record-low unemployment with near-record-high welfare dependency — the result of state-level eligibility exemptions, federal loopholes and policies that put work on the back burner. Many of these policies created incentives for able-bodied adults to sit on the sidelines — even though...
  • Executive Order Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility

    04/10/2018 9:54:15 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    www.whitehouse.gov/ ^ | 4/10/2018 | white house
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to promote economic mobility, strong social networks, and accountability to American taxpayers, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The United States and its Constitution were founded on the principles of freedom and equal opportunity for all. To ensure that all Americans would be able to realize the benefits of those principles, especially during hard times, the Government established programs to help families with basic unmet needs. Unfortunately, many of the programs designed to help families have...
  • Newt Gingrich: Trump is right -- we need welfare reform

    01/06/2018 8:36:46 AM PST · by caww · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 5, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. has swelled to more than 42 million today. As a result of Obama Administration’s policies, the number of Americans on food stamps is now 'greater than the population of Canada.' Nationwide spending on the program is roughly $70 billion annually —20 percent of which is wasted on junk food, candy, soda, and other sugary drinks. Consider California, which spent more than $1 billion on food stamp benefits in August and September alone. The good news is that President Trump has a chance to take on food stamps in the upcoming Farm Bill, which funds...
  • Of welfare reform and eating the rich

    01/06/2018 3:46:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 6, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    There’s another round of arguments brewing over welfare reform (or “workfare” as we used to say in the 90s), this time caused by hints that the Trump administration would begin granting waivers to states that want to impose work requirements on able-bodied recipients of Medicaid. These waivers were all denied under the Obama administration but, as you might expect, things are different now.These rumors have led Washington Post editorial team member Elizabeth Bruenig to take to her keyboard and make a sweeping argument which goes far beyond the question of workfare. Taking time out to toss an endorsement to her...
  • Here's who will join Trump at Camp David this weekend to plan the 2018 GOP agenda

    01/05/2018 2:22:22 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 5, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    President Donald Trump heads to Camp David this weekend to discuss 2018 GOP legislative priorities with Republican members of Congress and White House officials. Infrastructure, immigration and welfare reform are among the issues the officials will likely discuss. President Donald Trump will be at the Camp David retreat this weekend where he will meet with top officials in his administration and Congress to plan out the upcoming year. "We're going to Camp David with a lot of the great Republican senators and we're making America great again," the president said as he left the White House. On Friday, the White...
  • Trump says he's looking 'very, very strongly' at welfare reform

    10/16/2017 5:17:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 16, 2017 | Dan Merica
    President Donald Trump said Monday his administration will start to consider reforming the welfare system in the United States, saying that some people are "taking advantage of the system." The comment comes as the Trump administration struggles to get any sweeping legislation through Congress, despite Republicans controlling both the House and Senate. Trump failed to pass health care reform earlier this year and is currently working -- without much success so far -- to pass tax reform. "People are taking advantage of the system and then other people aren't receiving what they really need to live and we think it...
  • Yes, the States Can Fix the Obamacare Debacle

    09/26/2017 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    Back in 1996, a Republican Congress and a Democratic president (Bill Clinton) enacted one of the most historic bipartisan policy victories in modern times: the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act for welfare reform. The passage of that bill has so many parallels to the fight over the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare-reform legislation now before Congress that it is worth recounting some of the lessons. Just as with the Graham-Cassidy bill, the '96 welfare reform bill gave block grants to the states so they could operate their own welfare systems. The basic federal provisions encouraged tough love: requiring recipients to begin...
  • Trump To Sign Law That Increases Drug Tests for Unemployed Seeking Benefits

    03/18/2017 12:45:01 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 102 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | March 18 2017 | Conservative Tribune
    Welfare reform has been a high priority for Republicans and conservatives for many years, and now that President Donald Trump is in the White House, the possibility of such reform is finally feasible. In what was quite possibly the opening salvo on welfare leeches, Trump was ready to sign a bill passed by Congress that would allow states to perform drug tests on those applying for unemployment benefits, WITI reported. Under President Barack Obama, states weren’t allowed to test applicants for drugs unless they were applying for a job that already had mandatory drug testing. However, there’s a new sheriff...
  • Trump is 100 percent right about Congressman John Lewis

    01/17/2017 6:49:13 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/17/17 | Tona Trent
    For decades in Congress, John Lewis opposed every piece of criminal justice or welfare reform legislation that would make the people of his district safer, more self-reliant, and more prosperous For nearly 20 years, I lived in Congressman John Lewis’ (D) district in southeast Atlanta, most of those years in a tiny house I bought for $19,000. My neighborhood, Boulevard Heights, was then a poor community in the shadow of the federal prison where Cuban criminals from the Mariel boatlifts famously rioted in 1987. I moved to Boulevard Heights a few years after the riots but heard the stories.
  • Welfare is the new work

    08/01/2016 11:53:07 AM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 31, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    Two recent news stories highlight how pernicious the welfare state has become in America today. The first was an announcement by the feds that food stamps can be used to have groceries delivered right to a recipient’s door. Service with a smile. The Obama administration says it is too much of a hardship for those on welfare to actually travel to the grocery store. What’s next? Cooking the meal for them? If only the DMV would do home deliveries for drivers licenses.The second story was about the hullabaloo over a proposal by Maine governor Paul LePage to prohibit food stamp...
  • Renewed requirement of work for SNAP recipients produces predictable liberal backlash

    04/03/2016 6:32:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 3, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    There used to be a rule in place – part of the sadly abandoned movements toward welfare reform in the 80s and 90s – which required food stamps recipients to do at least some work in order to receive the benefits if they were childless and able bodied. That rule was suspended in most places since the beginning of the crash in 2007, but now that unemployment is allegedly back down to nominal levels and the economy is “stable” across most of the country, that exception is being rolled back. This, of course, has liberals up in arms. (WaPo) The...
  • The "Show Me State" shows taxpayers they're serious about stopping welfare fraud

    02/18/2016 6:08:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | KRISTINA RIBALI
    Welfare fraud is an expensive problem that taxpayers everywhere are paying for, but in Missouri there is a movement in the state legislature to help stop the fraud. State Representative Marsha Haefner has filed legislation that “will allow the Department of Social Services to contract with a third party vendor and establish a eligibility verification system.” This is a central component of the Stop the Scam reforms being implemented recently in several other states. Modern technology allows multiple databases to be compared and can determine if people who are signed up for welfare services are actually qualify for taxpayer funded...
  • Tennessee legislation cracks down on welfare fraud

    02/11/2016 7:46:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | KRISTINA RIBALI
    Two key legislators and a broad coalition of representatives in Tennessee are fed up with the rampant welfare fraud in the Volunteer state. They’ve submitted legislation to protect those who truly need the support from the thieves and fraudsters that seek to take from the most vulnerable. Senators Kerry Roberts and Representative Dan Howell, have filed the “Act to Restore Hope, Opportunity and Prosperity for Everyone,” which aims to save the state more than $123 million each year by cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s welfare programs. "We want to make sure that money is available...
  • John Bel Edwards, the new Louisiana governor to undo welfare reform

    12/22/2015 2:06:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Hope and change is coming to Louisiana after the defeat of David Vitter last month. John Bel Edwards swept to victory by a double digit margin and let everyone know that he was going to start changing up the game. Now, well before he’s even taken the oath of office, Edwards is prepping for some of his first big reforms in the financially troubled state. One of the top items on his docket is getting rid of the work requirement for able bodied food stamp recipients. (WDSU News) Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov....
  • Maine Doubles Down on Welfare Reform Despite Media Backlash

    11/20/2015 12:21:47 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | Nov. 19, 2015 | Madaline Donnelly
    Mary Mayhew, commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, knows her politics aren’t always popular. “I can’t stress enough what an attack campaign it has been from the media for four and a half years,” Mayhew said Thursday at an anti-poverty forum in Washington, D.C., hosted by The Heritage Foundation. Then there are the more personalized critiques: “There is a poet, or he calls himself a poet, and he sends me poems all the time,” she added. “They are not nice poems.” Mayhew claims that detractors—who mostly take issue with welfare reforms enacted by Gov. Paul LePage, a...
  • Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

    07/03/2015 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81. He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work.) Ben was one of the last star pundits of what might be called the Old Order, before cable news and the Internet transformed the landscape. When everyone was rushing to CNN to shout at each other on "Crossfire," he launched a PBS show called "Think...