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16Better30 on Jun 7, 2016

Report: welfare system rigged to replace work, not encourage work
Our Challenge Our country is all about striving, but too many of our people are stuck. Today in America, if you are raised poor, you are just as likely to stay poor as you were 50 years ago. The key word here is "stay." Our welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. Washington measures success by how much it spends, not by how much it helps. The system traps families in a cycle of poverty, shuffling them from program to program instead of helping them break free altogether.
    Our Vision
  • No amount of government intervention--no matter how well-intentioned--can replace the great drivers of daily life: our talents and aspirations, our neighbors and loved ones, our communities and places of worship. We are all in this fight together, and we need an approach which reflects that shared responsibility.
  • We need to attack poverty right at its roots. Instead of starting with welfare, we start with work. Instead of expanding government, we expand opportunity. Instead of letting people languish, we get them on the ladder of opportunity and help them climb that ladder so they can make the most of their lives.
  • We have to open up the system to accountability for taxpayers, and open it up to collaboration with the men and women on the front lines of this fight.
    Our Ideas
  • Reward work. If you are capable, we will expect you to work or prepare for work.
  • Tailor benefits to people's needs. We will match poverty-fighting programs with your needs so that it's easier for you to get back on your feet.
  • Improve skills and schools. We will make sure that poor kids have more opportunities to succeed at every stage, from childhood through college.
  • Plan and save for the future. We will make it easier for you and your family to plan for the future and be retirement-ready.
  • Demand results. We will open up the system to accountability and collaboration, backing ideas that work on the front lines.
Also see Overview of "A Better Way"; details of "Vision for Poverty & Opportunity"; and related GOP plank on healthcare


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 30. Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Welfare & Poverty
  • Headline: Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work (Score: 2)

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Republicans participating in 16Better30

Rob Bishop s1sUtah Republican 
Kevin Brady s1sTexas Republican 
Steve Chabot s1sOhio Republican 
Jason Chaffetz s1sUT Former Republican Challenger (2011) 
Mike Conaway s1sTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s1sVirginia Republican 
Jeb Hensarling s1sTexas Republican 
John Kline s1sMinnesota Republican 
Michael McCaul s1sTexas Republican 
Candice Miller s1sMichigan Republican (retiring 2016) 
Jeff Miller s1sFlorida Republican 
Devin Nunes s1sCalifornia Republican 
Hal Rogers s1sKentucky Republican 
Ed Royce s1sCalifornia Republican 
Paul Ryan s1sPOTUS Republican 
Pete Sessions s1sTexas Republican 
Bill Shuster s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Lamar Smith s1sTexas Republican 
Mac Thornberry s1sTexas Republican 
Fred Upton s1sMichigan Republican 



Independents participating in 16Better30

Tom Price s1sGA Health and Human Services 



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