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Welfare and Welfare Spending

Latest Research on Obama’s Gutting of Welfare Reform

The Obama administration issued a new policy asserting that it would issue waivers to exempt states from the work requirements established in the 1996 welfare-reform law. Read More.

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.

Examining the Means-tested Welfare State

The means-tested welfare system consists of 79 federal programs providing cash, food, housing, medical care, social services, training, and targeted education aid to poor and low-income Americans. Read More.

Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

Child poverty is an ongoing national concern, but few are aware that its principal cause is the absence of married fathers in the home. Read 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