House GOP Pushes Ahead with Safety Net Reforms

(From The Washington Examiner)

House Republicans are sketching out a piecemeal program of safety net reforms.

They will introduce a reauthorization of the federal cash welfare program next week meant to refocus it on promoting work, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said Thursday.

The legislation would tighten work requirements, set new metrics for states on work, and limit states’ ability to shift funding into other safety net programs.

“We think there are some awfully talented men and women on the sidelines in our welfare system, that — we need them. We need them back at work,” Brady said.

Also next week, the House is expected to vote on the Farm Bill, which would tighten work requirements for food stamps, which are administered by the Department of Agriculture. The legislation also would boost state funding for jobs programs.

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