Over the past few weeks, President Donald Trump has been talking up reform of anti-poverty programs, and House leaders have begun preliminary talks with his administration on what they could accomplish through a welfare overhaul, aides say. The White House, meanwhile, is preparing an administrative reordering of the welfare system regardless of whether Congress acts.
President Trump said that changes “were desperately needed in our country,” and indicated that he felt some people “take advantage of the system.”
The president has suggested more than once that welfare reform might be the next big legislative item on his agenda…but he has also indicated that a major infrastructure bill or another attempt at healthcare legislation could be next on the docket.
For their part, the House leadership would be willing to forge ahead on welfare reform. Many inside Congress and other outside groups share the goal of changing anti-poverty programs to encourage or require work. In fact, in 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled an anti-poverty plan that emphasized work requirements and increased the role of state and local governments in administering budgets.
For President Trump and his aides as they work with leaders in Congress on a plan for welfare reform.
About the need for anti-poverty programs and how they should be constructed.