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Arthur Delaney

House GOP Passes Bill Refighting Old Welfare Debate | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

Policymakers Can Help Low-Income Families and Score Political Points

Andrea Levere | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business
Andrea Levere

Imagine a scenario where members of Congress could improve government programs that grow our economy and support struggling families without adding to the federal deficit or jeopardizing their political standing. Wouldn't they all be lining up to cast their "yea" votes?

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Bombs-Not-Bread Bill To Spare Military, Cut Food Aid | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday passed its plan to spare the military's growing budget from mandatory cuts, instead slashing Medicaid, benefits fo...

Arthur Delaney

Bombs Not Food: Republicans Aim To Save Military By Cutting Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican plan to reconcile the budget and preserve defense spending extracts even deeper cuts from programs to help the poo...

Arthur Delaney

The Bad Research Behind Georgia's Welfare Drug Testing Law | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a law last week that will soon require welfare applicants to pay for drug tests and pass them in order to be eligi...

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Wants 'Welfare Reform Round 2' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

Congressional Republicans' budget guru said Tuesday that he wants Congress to overhaul food stamps and other safety net programs in the way welfare wa...

Arthur Delaney

Nevada Safety Net Has Holes For Mitt Romney To Fix | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he is "not concerned about the very poor" because government programs alre...

Arthur Delaney

House Republicans Want To Ban Welfare Debit Card Use At Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

Struggling families will no longer be allowed to withdraw welfare funds at automated teller machines in liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs if Repub...

Arthur Delaney

Indiana Lawmakers Advance Drug Testing For Welfare Applicants And Themselves | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

The Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would drug test people who apply for welfare, along with members of the Indiana Gene...