Welfare Reform Belongs in House Budget

A new proposal for welfare reform is building off a proven idea by applying the principles of the successful 1996 reform law to additional programs. This policy makes sense for program recipients because it encourages responsibility and work; it makes sense for the federal government because it reduces costs and shifts power away from federal bureaucrats.

Limiting the welfare state is an important budgetary consideration. As President Obama advocates massive increases in federal welfare spending, it’s up to the budget writers in the House to propose a conservative budget with reasonable spending levels. According to The Hill, the House Budget Committee is considering welfare reform for inclusion in the budget. This is a good sign.

Our colleagues over at The Heritage Foundation outlined why reforming welfare is essential. We cannot afford to spend $10.3 trillion on welfare over the next decade. It’s clearly time to change course and push for principled reform. That’s what the Welfare Reform Act of 2011 does.

Erik Wasson, writing for The Hill, reports:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), introduced the idea in the Welfare Reform Act last week.

Jordan told The Hill on Tuesday that he plans to talk to Ryan next week, when Congress returns from its recess, about including the RSC proposals in next year’s budget. He stressed that while the bill is meant to cut the deficit, it is also meant to improve the lives of the poor by helping them transition to employment.

The proposal, which is estimated to save as much as $1.4 trillion over a decade…

This is exactly the kind of bold policy proposal that the 2012 House budget should include.

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