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Senator Mike Lee Introduces Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act

Capitol-Hill-DomeWASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee introduced a bill to address the deep problems in the federal government’s welfare programs that make it more difficult for low-income Americans to work their way into the middle class and stay there. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” would get existing federal welfare programs under control and would help the working poor transition from poverty to opportunity and security.

“Poverty is not just the absence of money, but also the absence of opportunity,” said Sen. Lee. “Today’s poverty programs place artificial restraints on those who are trying to get ahead, build careers and provide better lives for themselves and their families. Successful welfare programs are those that make poverty more temporary, not more tolerable, and we need to move current policy in that direction. The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act will give all low-income Americans the opportunity to earn a good living and build a good life.”

The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act corrects and strengthens current welfare programs by restoring work incentives for individuals and families, improving state administration of welfare programs, rewarding states that transition beneficiaries from welfare to work, and imposing greater transparency in means-tested welfare spending.

The bill has been cosponsored by Senators Cruz, Vitter, and Inhofe.

The bill has been endorsed by the National Taxpayers Union, Heritage Action for America, the Association of Mature American Citizens, and the Concerned Women for America.

Read more about how this bill will work here

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8 years ago

To start with welfare has become a way of life. taking it away at this time you will get the response the NY city police have the thugs striping that car have to make a living. so we let them do it. file a insurance claim.
now how to fix it. Mothers who have a baby that are on free insurance get fixed. mothers and fathers that apply for welfare get fixed. when you go on welfare you go live in an area of barrack style housing. eat in a cafeteria sleep in wards. men live in a different compound than women and children.( cuts back on rape ). you leave the compound you do not come play station 3.everything education to help you get out. doctor on staff hired by the gov. doctor can not be sued. pass law you can not sue a doctor or staff if you get totally free insurance. gov doctor will not need insurance.
now we need a living wadge. one that allows a family of three to survive on a salary without entitlements. you can’t survive go live in welfare housing. The current minimum wadge is just a way for employers to get a government Subsidized worker.
bring jobs back deport illegals. cut government red tape. it would be nice to have mothers staying home raising their children instead of children raising them self. enough for now. I have a lots more.

Rita Gates
8 years ago

Take all the people that are NOT citizens of the USA OFF welfare and off the benefits, food stamps and medical coverage) they are getting and we will be able to get out of the debt we are in now for SS recipients.
Why are people that are not legal in thr USA able to collect SS and disability benefits???
Make it a requirement that any child born in the USA must be born to USA citizens and have lived here for a years time to become citizens themselves. If these requirements are not met the noncitizens must go back to the country they are from.
No welfare benefits should be given to any girl or woman that gives birth to more than one child out of wedlock with no husband or means of supporting themselves. Especially young teens. Make the parents of these teens responsible for the teen and the illigimate child or give the child up for adoption. Stop rewarding & supporting imorral behaviors of todays youth.

Mike Skiles
8 years ago

I agree with Sen Mike Lee “Poverty is not just the absence of money, but also the absence of opportunity,” and I think we all agree that it is also the “lack of self esteem”. Look at our inner cities where welfare brought about a culture that is totally lacking “self esteem”. Working at a job with the potential to advance builds self esteem, which in turn builds better citizens and stronger families. What’s wrong with building some degree of wealth through working harder? The vast majority of taxpaying citizens started with nothing or very little and because they were productive, recognized opportunities, sacrificed and were rewarded. The benefits to building self esteem are endless. Make work a requirement to receiving welfare benefits and put a limit on how long welfare benefits can be received. Put welfare back where it belongs, in the hands of churches and local charitable organizations.

8 years ago

Maybe I’m getting foggy in my old age, but wasn’t welfare a temporary thing in the past? I’m not sure if it was Clinton or who, but they put limits on the length of time one could receive it. It was supposed to encourage people to get jobs. What happened to that? Somewhere along the line, I missed the changeover to welfare for life.

8 years ago
Reply to  sprout

No, you’re not getting foggy sprout.

Welfare reform was passed under the Clinton administration. The amount of time one can collect welfare varies from state to state. Typically, 5 years is the maximum to collect welfare. In my state, the maximum is 3 years. You don’t have to collect it 3 or 5 years consecutively. It can be spread out over a lifetime.

Now corporate welfare is a different story. There is no time limit for collecting lucrative government contracts, tax abatement’s, tax breaks on foreign investment income and business expense write off’s.

8 years ago

I applaude Senator Lee for introducing this bill to get something started towards Welfare reform although I don’t hold much hope it will pass even if it does make it to the floor for a vote. The Democrats don’t want to upset the apple cart. They know those on Welfare are a large percentage if their votes.

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