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June 7, 2016

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Conservatives Need Better Roadmap on Welfare Reform than Ryan Antipoverty Plan

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2016—House Speaker Paul Ryan today unveiled the anti-poverty proposal for the House Republican's six-point policy agenda. 

"While the Ryan task force on combatting poverty lauds the lessons we learned from welfare reform 20 years ago, it does not apply them to today's challenge," said Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation senior research fellow who helped write the “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families” reforms in the 1990s.  

Serious welfare reform should address work requirements, marriage, fraud in the system, excessive benefits, and federalism,” Rector said. "We are overdue for serious policy work to fight poverty. Mandatory federal work requirements were at the heart of successful welfare reform."

For more on the core policies Rector proposes to reform welfare, see: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/02/setting-priorities-for-welfare-reform

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