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Paul Ryan's Poverty Promise Is Kinda Sketchy

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Republican budget boss Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled a new fiscal blueprint on Tuesday that reprises many proposals the Wisconsin representative has offered...

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Introduced In Congress

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To fight the specter of poor people spending taxpayer money on drugs, a Republican congressman has reintroduced legislation to make welf...

Arthur Delaney

State Advances Plan To Drug Test Welfare Applicants, Public Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

The Kansas state Senate on Thursday passed a bill to require applicants for welfare and unemployment benefits to undergo drug tests, as well as certai...

GOP Lawmaker Wants To Tie Welfare Benefits To Report Cards

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield (R) introduced a bill this week seeking to make welfare benefits contingent upon the grades of a would-be recipi...

Living on $2 a day

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Researchers at Harvard and the University of Michigan have found that 1.4 million American families live in extreme poverty About 2.8 million children are included in those families. "Extreme" is not a strong enough word for the kind of poverty we're talking about.

Time Is Running Out For TANF Recipients

Posted 12.05.2012 | DC

By Mary Otto Street Sense Outside the window of the city Office of Work Opportunity on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE there is a tree with orang...

Arthur Delaney

Drug Test Rick Perry, Says Texas Democrat

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

If Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wants the poor and jobless to prove they're not on drugs in order to receive benefits, then Perry should have to pee in a...

Rick Perry Calls For Drug-Testing The Poor And Jobless

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wants the poor and unemployed to prove they're not on drugs in order to be eligible to receive benefits from the government....

State Measure Includes Outrageous Welfare Provision

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

A bill in the Pennsylvania House proposing the reduction of welfare benefits for low-income women contains a provision requiring a woman who became pr...

Gary MacDougal in the NY Times Last Week -- Patent Medicine in the 21st Century

Peter Edelman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Media
Peter Edelman

Gary MacDougal popped up on the op-ed page of the NYT last week with the line that we spend a trillion dollars on the poor and get nothing for it. In the past I haven't gone out of my way to reply to the argument, but I think regular people need to see an answer.

The Second Debate: In Pursuit of Women Voters

David Coates | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
David Coates

One of the most telling questions in the second debate focused on the gender pay gap: asking in what ways the candidates would "rectify the inequalities in the workplace. The Romney answer was an embarrassment and the president could have said more.

Not to Mention the Toilet Paper

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Why does this matter? Because in order to learn kids need to be clean, healthy and well fed and in order to work -- to get hired -- the same is true for adults.

Romney, Ryan, GOP Demand Obama Stop Strengthening Welfare Work Mandate

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans don't want the Obama administration to help states get welfare recipients off the dole and into jobs.

Arthur Delaney

House GOP Pushes Bill To Stop Obama Welfare Move

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Taking up a cause loudly supported by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on T...

Welfare-Work: How About the Facts?

Morna Murray | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Morna Murray

He's actually accusing President Obama of not understanding the dignity of work, a fundamental American value? And Governor Romney makes this accusation based on a total distortion of facts?

Struggling States Look To Charities For Welfare Help

Posted 08.10.2012 | Business

Faced with tight budgets and needy residents, state governments are increasingly turning to third parties like charities to keep their funding commitm...

Why Romney's Desperate Welfare Attacks Won't Work

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The Romney campaign's particularly scurrilous and misplaced attack against Obama on the issue of welfare is more likely to serve as another reminder of Romney's inability to speak relevantly to the concerns of typical Americans than anything else.

GOP Architect Of Welfare Reform Blasts Romney Ad

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's latest television ad attacks the Obama administration for announcing a "plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements." It's ...

Bill Clinton Blasts 'Misleading' Romney Ad

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bill Clinton is unhappy with a new TV ad that uses his likeness in claiming President Barack Obama has fatally undermined the welfare re...

Arthur Delaney

Romney Ad Bashes Obama For Welfare Policy Romney Supported As Governor

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released a television ad Tuesday bashing President Barack Obama for implementing a welfare policy th...

To End Poverty In America, We Need To Pay People Decent Wages

The New York Times | PETER EDELMAN | Posted 07.29.2012 | Business

Ronald Reagan famously said, “We fought a war on poverty and poverty won.” With 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — now coun...

State Waivers for TANF Can Provide True Pathway Out of Poverty

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

As a former recipient of these services I can honestly say that the overwhelming majority of TANF recipients are hard-working Americans who are down on their luck, and just want an opportunity to better their lives and those of their family through work and access to education.

Peter S. Goodman

'Back At Square One': As States Repurpose Welfare Funds, More Families Fall Through Safety Net

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Brianna Butler would prefer never again to see the inside of the DeKalb County welfare office. She is eager to work. This she s...

An Interview With Peter Edelman on "Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America"

Karen Dolan | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Karen Dolan

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Georgetown Law professor, Peter Edelman, to discuss his decades of anti-poverty work and his new book, So ...

Working Hard to Get Back on Track

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps, and transitional housing are lifelines that work when people fall on hard times. We need to preserve them. But that's not what the Ryan "reconciliation budget" just passed by the House of Representatives would do.