“Trump administration officials are mulling an executive order that would instruct federal agencies to review low-income assistance programs, part of a coming effort to make sweeping changes to the country’s welfare system.”
At this point, the draft order has been sent to federal agencies to comment.
Proposed new rules relating to welfare reform include tighter work requirements intended to encourage welfare recipients to work.
Politico reports “The initiative comes as President Donald Trump shifts attention to his ambitious tax reform initiative in the wake of his failed effort to repeal Obamacare. Administration backers of the welfare executive order hope he signs it before Thanksgiving, one of the officials said.”
But it should be noted that at this point the order is preliminary and considered the subject of rumor by a Trump Administration spokesperson.
“Administration officials have been talking to members of Congress for months to discuss a broader effort to rethink the government’s welfare programs. The last major welfare reform came in 1996, under President Bill Clinton.
Liberals have long criticized the 1996 bill, asserting that it hurt millions of low-income Americans. Since then, Democrats have fiercely opposed efforts to weaken welfare programs, arguing that Republicans are using the banner of welfare reform to target poor people.”
Cutting welfare payments and promoting work has been a theme of the Trump Administration.
“Trump mentioned the issue in both his January inaugural address and his February speech to a joint session of Congress. ‘Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect,’ Trump said in his February remarks.
The president’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal called for massive cuts to the social safety net, including food stamps, Social Security disability insurance benefits and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
‘If you’re on food stamps and able-bodied, we need you to go to work,’ White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters earlier this year.”