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Those Pesky Facts in the War on Poverty

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his staff have reviewed whether President Johnson's "War on Poverty" has been effective over the last 50 years. There are at least five major problems with the report and the subsequent conclusions that are reached.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics

Dec 31 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the co...

Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits Now!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Most Americans are wrapping up their holiday celebrations and pondering the promise of 2014. But millions of Americans who have been struggling the longest to find work in our slowly recovering economy are now facing deep uncertainty and despair instead of a Happy New Year.

North Carolina Republicans Override Welfare Drug Test Veto

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

The North Carolina GOP is having a big fight over making poor people pee in cups. First, Republicans in the state legislature, with some Democrati...

Welfare Drug Tests Flop In Utah

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

Utah's welfare drug testing scheme has yielded only a dozen positive results since the program started last year, though it may have deterred some fro...

Arthur Delaney

Republican Governor Vetoes Welfare Drug Test Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Welfare drug tests won't take their place alongside abortion restrictions and voter identification requirements in North Carolina's rece...

Medicaid Block Grants: A Zombie Idea With Lipstick in Texas

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

States with growing populations, such as Texas, or states often in the pathway of natural disasters, such as Texas, or states with a disproportionate share of low wage jobs, such as Texas, would be most negatively impacted by a federally-imposed block grant.

The Cutting Of Welfare Benefits ToTennessee's Underperforming Children

Terrance Dean | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Terrance Dean

It's unfortunate that the legislators find it more beneficial to continue to oppress, marginalize, and penalize those in poverty, rather than use those resources to produce better educational systems.

Arthur Delaney

House GOP Passes Bill Refighting Old Welfare Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Republicans wouldn't "refight the past," House Republi...

Arthur Delaney

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...

Arthur Delaney

Another Defeat For Rick Scott's Drug Testing Dreams

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court's injunction on Tuesday against Florida's effort to make welfare applicants pee in cups to prove they're ...

John Celock

‘Ultraconservative Utopia' Would Include Drug Testing The Poor & Unemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Lawmakers seeking to abolish income taxes and stymie unions in Kansas think it might also be worthwhile to make the poor and unemployed pee in cups to...

Amid Fiscal Cliff Talks, What About the Poor?

David Vognar | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
David Vognar

The wealthy are well represented, as is their worry over a potential raise in their tax rate. The media largely ignore the poor and the unemployed, however, those most suffering in the economic climate.

Poor Babies Set Up for a Lifetime of Illness

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

One in five American children lives below the poverty level. Are we really willing to let them walk into a future of life-limiting and life-threatening illness?

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....

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...

Mitt Romney Dismisses Fact-Checkers, Defends Bogus Welfare Ads

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney doesn't care what fact-checkers think. Even in the face of repeated debunkings by journalists, Romney's presidential cam...

States, Feds Skimp on Traditional Welfare Spending

David Vognar | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
David Vognar

It is no surprise that spending on basic assistance declined dramatically in the 15 years since welfare reform became law, as this was one of the aims of the law.

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...

Arthur Delaney

Mitt Romney Retroactively Opposes Policy He Supported As Governor

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the Obama administration's announcement that states could apply for waivers from so...

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...