Welfare Reform Would Put Millions of Able-Bodied Americans Back to Work

While much of the media focuses on funding for a border wall, the Trump administration's proposed budget also includes welfare reform which aims to get people back to work.

More than 20 years after President Clinton signed welfare reform, millions of able-bodied Americans remain on Medicaid and food stamps.

“If you are an able-bodied adult within the prime working ages of 18-49 and have no kids at home, if you want to maintain your benefit you need to work, train or volunteer at least 20 hours a week,” says Kristina Rasmussen, vice president of federal affairs for the Foundation for Government Accountability.

The Trump White House is trying to enforce these requirements that were watered down under the Clinton and Obama administrations.

“Every dollar we spend on able-bodied adults is a dollar we can't spend on the truly needy, and there really has never been a better time to move Americans from welfare to work thanks to Trump's booming economy,” says Rasmussen.

She says many of the reforms don't need Congressional approval.

“A a lot of the reforms that are needed can be advanced through regulatory changes that the Trump administration has full control over.”

 

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