S.1904, the Welfare Reform Act of 2011

While shopping for your own holiday feast, you no doubt saw signs asking for donations of non-perishable food to give to the needy. And while that food goes to those who truly need it, all too often, federal welfare spending goes to those who do not.

Because welfare spending has increased every year since the War on Poverty began in 1964, and because poverty has increased despite spending $16 trillion during that time, it is high time that welfare programs be reformed.

In 1996, a Republican-led Congress forced President Bill Clinton to sign a welfare reform bill which resulted in 3.5 million people getting off the government’s dole. Since then, the Washington Establishment has actively worked to reverse that progress, which is why a new reform bill is needed.

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Welfare Reform: Missing in the Debt Debate

Things are heating up in Washington.  Debt talks continue and the Senate will remain in session every day until the issue is resolved.  Later today, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) will release a $9 trillion deficit reduction package.  The package – likely riddled with things good and bad – may serve to jump start a broader conversation on government spending and reform.

Today, on Townhall.com, Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham notes that welfare reform has been missing from the debt discussions. 

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