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    Republican Agenda for Combating Poverty

    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other House Republicans unveiled the party’s “A Better Way to Fight Poverty” proposal at House of Help City Of Hope, a residential treatment…

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    Military Welfare Programs

    Jennifer Mittelstadt talked about her book The Rise of the Military Welfare State, which gives an in-depth look at the rise of military social welfare programs and how they have changed…

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    Hunger and Food Assistance Programs

    Secretary Tom Vilsack talked about Department of Agriculture efforts to combat food insecurity, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and other nutrition…

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    Book Discussion on The Human Cost of Welfare

    Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers talked about their book The Human Cost of Welfare: How the System Hurts the People It’s Supposed to Help, in which they discuss the welfare…

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    Proposed Restrictions for Welfare Recipients

    Olivia Golden talked about recent state-level efforts to tighten restrictions for food stamp and other welfare recipients on how they can use their benefits.

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    Poverty and Working Families

    Representatives from charitable organizations testified on the impact of state welfare and private philanthropic programs in reducing poverty. They talked about the different forms of…

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    Welfare Reform

    Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) talked about his proposals for welfare reform. Following remarks, he participated in a panel discussion on the Welfare Reform Bill with the Heritage…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the question “Should Welfare Recipients Be Drug Tested?” The question was inspired by the December 31, 2013, overturning of a…

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    Welfare Reform and Poverty

    Stephanie Mencimer, who writes about legal affairs and domestic policy for Mother Jones Magazine, talked about the decrease in value of monthly welfare benefits since the welfare system was…

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    Work-Focused Welfare Reform

    Robert Doar spoke at an event in which he received the 2012 Urban Innovator Award for his efforts in reforming New York City’s welfare program. He outlined the keys to…

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    Welfare Reform

    Robert Rector, who played a major role in crafting the 1996 welfare reform bill , talked about President Obama’s move to give states more flexibility dealing with federal welfare…

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    Federal Welfare Rules

    Peter Edelman talked about his view on the Obama administration changes to the 1996 welfare reform law, and reaction from conservatives. He also responded to telephone calls and…

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    Open Phones

    Phones lines were open for responses to the question, “How do you feel about the White House-proposed waivers to states' for their Welfare-to-Work programs?” Currently the…

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    Representative Rosa DeLauro on the SNAP Program & the 2012 Farm Bill

    Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) discussed the 2012 Farm Bill and the SNAP program. The 2012 Farm Bill most notably improves farmer reimbursement for poor weather conditions and…

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    Tax Credits and Welfare Programs

    Witnesses testified about U.S. tax credits and welfare programs, and whether the programs discouraged work and higher earnings for recipients. Iain Duncan Smith, the first sitting…

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    Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients

    Elizabeth Lower-Basch talked about consideration by 23 states to require drug tests for recipients of programs such as welfare, food stamps, or unemployment benefits. She discussed the…

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    Federal Anti-Poverty Programs

    Robert Rector talked about the $630 billion a year spent by the federal government on hundreds of anti-poverty programs. He discussed which ones work and government oversight of the…

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    Book Discussion on Out of Reach

    Professor Scott Allard talked about his book, Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State. This interview was recorded at the University of Chicago.

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    Richard Nixon and the Origins of Welfare Reform

    A discussion was held of President Nixon’s comprehensive plan to eradicate poverty by providing income assistance and helping millions find work. The Family Assistance Plan that…

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    Book Discussion on Jane Addams

    Louise Knight talked about her forthcoming book Jane Addams: Spirit in Action (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010). In the only recent full-length biography of Jane Addams (1860-1935) she tells…

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