Backgrounder posted November 18, 2016
An Economic and Humanitarian Case for Pressing China to Rescind the Two-Child Policy
Nearly 35 years in the making, China’s one-child policy was the world’s largest social and demographic experiment. At its inception, Chinese policymakers claimed that after 30 years of implementation, the one-child policy would be reconsidered—possibly even rescinded.
Facing a demographic collapse, China has reconsidered the one-child policy and replaced it with a…
Issue Brief posted November 3, 2016
Getting the Facts Straight on School Meals and Child Nutrition Reauthorization
The House and the Senate might soon consider child nutrition bills that would reauthorize the infamous Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Both bills would maintain a new provision that gives free meals to students regardless of family income (i.e., universal school meals), leave intact (with some minor tweaks) the prescriptive federal school meal standards, and…
Issue Brief posted October 28, 2016
Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act Can Restart Welfare Reform
In May 2016, Senator Mike Lee (R–UT) and Representative Jim Jordan (R–OH) introduced the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act. This legislation takes a number of significant steps towards reforming the nation’s massive and broken welfare system, which is fraught with out-of-control spending, fraud, anti-work policies, and marriage penalties. The Welfare Reform and…
Issue Brief posted August 21, 2016
Did Welfare Reform Increase Extreme Poverty in the United States?
Two decades ago, on August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, popularly known as welfare reform, into law. At the time, liberals proclaimed that the bill would slash the incomes of one in five families with children and push 2.6 million people into poverty. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously predicted…
Issue Brief posted May 26, 2016
Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Time for Serious Reform, Not Tinkering
Congress is currently working on reauthorizing the federal child nutrition programs, which include school meal programs. The last time Congress reauthorized these programs, it passed the controversial Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a major priority for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act made a number of…
Issue Brief posted April 7, 2016
Strengthening the End Modern Slavery Initiative (EMSI)
A complex problem affecting an estimated 21 million people worldwide, human trafficking demands comprehensive solutions to achieve the long-term eradication of slavery. Sex trafficking, labor trafficking, bonded labor, debt bondage, peonage (the involuntary servitude of laborers), and the use of child soldiers—all forms of trafficking according to the U.S. Department of…
Issue Brief posted March 22, 2016
Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court: Little Sisters of the Poor Take on Obamacare Mandate
On March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from the Little Sisters of the Poor in their challenge to the Obamacare “contraception mandate,” which threatens the sisters with crushing government fines unless—in direct violation of their religious beliefs—they facilitate coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices, contraception, and sterilization in…
Issue Brief posted February 24, 2016
Setting Priorities for Welfare Reform
The United States’ means-tested welfare system consists of over 80 programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and lower-income Americans. Total annual spending on these programs reached $1 trillion in 2015. More than 75 percent of this funding comes from the federal government.
The last substantial reform of welfare, enacted…