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  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Executive Order Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility

    04/10/2018 9:54:15 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies ^ | 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...
  • 85% drop in food stamp recipients in AL counties where work requirement restarted

    06/06/2017 7:16:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2017 | Rick Moran
    From our file named "Duh." The Alabama Department of Human Resources says 13 counties that reinitiated a work requirement for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, saw an 85% drop in recipients. The counties had been exempt from the work requirement due to high levels of unemployment. But with the economy recovering, the state of Alabama restarted the work requirement on January 1 this year, which resulted in the massive drop in SNAP participants. ... Nationwide, there are about 44 million people receiving SNAP benefits at a cost of about $71 billion. The...
  • Trump wants to impose work requirement for food stamp users

    05/23/2017 2:23:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 22, 2017 | Marisa Schultz
    The Trump administration wants to impose a work requirement on able-bodied adults who receive food stamps and force states to pick up some of the costs as part of a wider plan to slash spending by $3.6 trillion over the next decade. Budget director Mick Mulvaney said that once states have “a little skin in the game,” they will be more inclined to root out abuses and waste in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Enrollments haven’t decreased much since the recession despite a low 4.5 percent unemployment rate. The program cost about $33 billion in 2007 with 26 million...
  • After IG Report, Will Bernie Have the Guts to Take Hillary Down?

    05/26/2016 8:57:17 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | MAY 26, 2016 | ROGER L SIMON
    With the publication of the State Department inspector general's extraordinarily damning report on Hillary Clinton's private email server, we're going to find out if Bernie Sanders really wants to be president or if his campaign has merely been an academic exercise in socialism promotion. Donald Trump will certainly be able to use the report to wound Clinton and has already started, but Sanders is now in a position to use it to actually take her down. Right now, before the California primary. But will he? So far Bernie has been reluctant to speak about the emails - except once to...
  • States moving to restore work requirements for food stamp recipients

    03/29/2016 6:41:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Fox ^ | March 29, 2016 | William La Jeunesse
    States are moving to once again require able-bodied adults to put in work hours in exchange for food stamps, after the requirements largely were suspended by the Obama administration. The slow-moving reversal follows the administration pulling back on Clinton-era changes that required recipients to work for government welfare benefits. Signing the reform bill in 1996 alongside then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, then-President Bill Clinton said the goal was to make welfare “a second chance, not a way of life.” But during the last recession, President Obama allowed states to suspend a requirement that able-bodied adults without children work at least 20 hours...
  • Bills Would Require Michiganders To Work For Welfare, Pass Drug Test

    09/19/2013 6:12:18 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 50 replies
    LANSING (WWJ) - Could this mean the end of welfare as we know it? A bill has passed in the Michigan Senate that would require those receiving public assistance to do some “volunteer” work. Another bill, which passed the House Commerce Committee, requires drug testing, revoking benefits for welfare recipients who refuse the test or who test positive. “What [the legislation] does, it says, in order for your to receive your cash assistance, your welfare check, you must provide some kind of community service to the community,” said the volunteer work bill’s sponsor, State Senator Joe Hune, who represents Livingston...
  • GAO confirms Obama administration overstepped bounds in welfare law changes (So who are the liars?)

    09/06/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 5, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    The Obama administration’s efforts at extending executive authority were dealt a setback on Tuesday. The bipartisan Government Accountability Office flagged the administration’s end run around Congress in its July memo announcing changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) act, aka “welfare reform.” The GAO said that the White House needs to give Congress the chance to block its plan that permits states to tweak the work requirements that needy families must satisfy in order to receive government assistance under the program. The official word came in the form of a letter to lawmakers from GAO’s general counsel, Lynn...
  • As Mass. governor, Romney took tough welfare line

    09/01/2012 10:17:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mitt Romney, hoping to draw a sharp contrast on welfare, is citing a disputed charge that President Barack Obama is giving recipients a free ride, and he can point to his own record of pushing for tighter rules. Romney, Massachusetts governor from 2003 to 2007, fought to require single parents with children as young as a year old to work to get welfare benefits if they could obtain state-subsidized child care. He opposed efforts to allow time spent in job training or education programs to count toward the state's 20-hour weekly work requirement for welfare recipients, and pushed for a...
  • Work -n- Obammunism JUST DON'T MIX

    08/23/2012 5:40:50 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 23, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Yesterday was actually the 16th anniversary of a historic piece of legislation coming-into-law: it was called the 'Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act', a trailblazing welfare reform bill passed in 1996 by the first GOP Congress in 40 years) that was considered a major cornerstone of House Speaker Gingrich's legendary Contract with America. What it did -among other things- was to add a work requirement which resulted in a significant jump in employment among many of those who -prior to reform- seemed permanently glued to the government teat (and their sofa).  The long-term effect was even more dramatic: both welfare and poverty rates declined significantly during...
  • Obama’s Attack on ‘Workfare’

    08/09/2012 6:04:02 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 4 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | August 8, 2012 | Robert Rector
    President Obama has created a firestorm by overturning the work requirements of the popular 1996 welfare-reform law. Now his White House is bristling because Mitt Romney dares to point out that fact on the stump and in a new campaign ad. Obama’s move is only the latest step in a long history of liberal opposition to work requirements. The Left blocked welfare-reform efforts under both Presidents Nixon and Reagan, for example. In 1996, a Republican Congress drafted a welfare-reform law — Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) — that for the first time established meaningful work standards for welfare recipients....
  • Un-reforming Welfare: Heading back to bad old days

    10/09/2009 3:11:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 403+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 9, 2009 | PETER COVE & LEE BOWES
    AT a time of unprecedented budget crises, it is unthinkable that we should roll back welfare reform -- yet that's what's happening. In New York and other states, and on the federal level, lawmakers are broadening eligibility, eliminating work requirements and raising cash pay-outs. The drive is to substitute all sorts of social and educational services for work requirements -- despite overwhelming evidence that such assistance doesn't lead to employment. As a nation, we'll come to regret these decisions, because welfare reform has worked -- and worked well. It must be preserved.
  • No job, no housing subsidy under plan (Charlotte, NC)

    12/29/2008 10:13:35 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 99 replies · 1,601+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Dec. 29, 2008 | Fred Clasen-Kelly
    The Charlotte Housing Authority is considering giving thousands of public housing residents a choice: Get a job or get out. Agency leaders are proposing a plan that would force tenants to find work to keep their government housing benefits. The idea has prompted criticism from some advocates for the poor who say it would be wrong to impose the rule during the country's worst economic crisis in decades. But backers say it's only right to make able-bodied adults work and try to gain self sufficiency. “There's never a perfect time to start a change,” said Jennifer Gallman, a spokeswoman for...
  • Barack Obama: The Community Organizer in Chief

    04/28/2008 12:52:56 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 8 replies · 93+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 4/28/08 | Lee Cary
    Barack Obama's national plan for voluntary community service clearly illustrates his audacious goal to become the Nation's Community Organizer. "Barack Obama's Plan For Universal Voluntary Citizen Service" is subtitled "Helping All Americans Serve Their Country." "Universal" and "All" are only slight exaggerations. As president, he'd offer voluntary service programs for everyone except pre-schoolers through 5th grade. A substantial cafeteria of federal programs already serves this cuisine. But Obama plans to lengthen the serving line, considerably. Grab a tray and we'll sample some of his new dishes, plus some old plates he plans to enhance. Peace Corps A favorite since 1961....
  • Workfare Revolt? (Minnesota's welfare-to-work program draws increasing fire)

    01/16/2007 4:53:06 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 28 replies · 980+ views
    City Pages ^ | 17 January 2007 | Beth Hawkins
    Last week, the board got some answers. In 2006, 739 of Hennepin County's 11,000 MFIP recipients worked for no pay as a condition of continuing to receive welfare benefits. They worked an average of four to six weeks apiece at a long list of local nonprofits. Hennepin County contracts with an outside agency to provide the placements. (Under a separate program, the county spent $600,000 subsidizing the wages of another 200 MFIP recipients who were having trouble finding jobs.) Thirty-two of the people performing unpaid work were eventually hired by the agencies where they were working. Results for the rest...
  • Welfare Check - The doomsayers were dead wrong about reform

    07/30/2006 12:31:09 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies · 833+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2006 | Ron Haskins
    Ten years ago next month, a bipartisan majority in Congress and a Democratic president launched America's welfare policy in a new and largely uncharted direction. It would be difficult to exaggerate the predictions of doom hurled against the Republican welfare reform bill signed by President Clinton on Aug. 22, 1996. Mr. Clinton had previously vetoed two versions of welfare reform when, with skill, daring and persistence, Republicans in the House and Senate pushed it through Congress a third time and put it again on the president's desk. In an act of remarkable political courage, Mr. Clinton defied senior members of...
  • Welfare-to-work experiment benefits children, study finds

    06/10/2003 12:06:06 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 143+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/10/03 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    <p>Children whose parents entered an experimental welfare-to-work program in Milwaukee during the 1990s improved socially and academically, say authors of a study being released today.</p> <p>These findings support the wisdom of expanding work supports for poor families, especially in child care, health care and the earned-income tax credit, said Aletha Huston, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the Manpower Demonstration Research Corp. (MDRC) study.</p>