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Welfare and Welfare Spending

Overview: Obama Guts Welfare Reform

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted itself authority to “waive compliance” with all of the work provisions in the TANF program. Read More.

Gutting Welfare Reform: Undoing Workfare

The Administration is turning welfare reform on its head by jettisoning the legislative goal of reducing welfare caseloads. Read More.

Omnibus Bill Keeps Welfare Spending at Massive Levels

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Since that time, annual means-tested welfare spending has increased by 16-fold, now costing taxpayers nearly $1 trillion a year. And the omnibus bill keeps spending at this sky-high level. Red More. .

Despite spending more than enough to pull everyone out of poverty, the War on Poverty has failed to reduce the causes of poverty and has hurt many of the people it intended to help. The welfare reform of 1996 successfully transformed one welfare program. But today that reform is in jeopardy and some 70 other federal means-tested programs are in need of similar reform.


Experts on Welfare and Welfare Spending