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  • Washington Journal Roundtable on Census Bureau Poverty Report
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    Census Bureau Poverty Report

    Olivia Golden and Robert Rector talked about the latest Census Bureau report on poverty in the U.S., which showed the sharpest decline in the poverty rate in nearly 50 years.

  • American Enterprise Institute Forum on 1996 Welfare Law Congressional Panel
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    American Enterprise Institute Forum on 1996 Welfare Law, Congressional Panel

    The American Enterprise Institute hosted a series of panel discussions analyzing the impact of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), also known as the…

  • Washington Journal Round Table on House Republican Poverty Plan
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    House Republican Poverty Plan

    Robert Rector and Rebecca Vallas talked about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) poverty reduction proposal, which was unveiled earlier in the week.

  • Poverty in the US
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    Poverty in the U.S

    Robert Rector and Isabel Sawhill talked about the state of poverty in the U.S. and the impact of cuts to programs such as SNAP (food stamps) on the economy and individuals and families. They also…

  • Immigration Policy
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    Immigration Policy

    Robert Rector and Alex Nowrasteh talked about immigration policy, which both men debated during a June 18 closed-door session of the House Republican Study Committee, and they responded to telephone…

  • Panel Explores Economic Effects of Immigration Reform
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    Cost of Immigration and Border Security

    Panelists talked about the costs of immigration reform on the long- and short-term federal budget and the wider impact on the economy. At the time of the program, Congress was working on…

  • Welfare Reform
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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 rules. He also…

  • Federal AntiPoverty Programs
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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…

  • Child Nutrition
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    Child Nutrition

    Witnesses testified on the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act. The bill would expand access for millions of children to healthy meals year-round in schools, child care, and…

  • US Welfare System
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    U.S. Welfare System

    Donna Pavetti and Robert Rector talked about the U.S. welfare system, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the Temporary Assistance to Needy…

  • Illegal Immigration and Health Care
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    Illegal Immigration and Health Care

    Robert Rector talked about illegal immigrants and health care. President Obama has said that his health care plan would not cover illegal immigrants, but also said that they should be…

  • Impact of Immigration on Health Care Reform
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    Impact of Immigration on Health Care Reform

    Participants spoke about the links between immigration policy and health care reform. They noted that a high proportion of immigrants, both legal and illegal, were among the ranks of the uninsured, and…

  • Economic Impact of Immigration
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    Economic Impact of Immigration

    Robert Rector talked about the Heritage Foundation’s new report on immigration that projects a cost of 2.6 trillion dollars to taxpayers from immigration reform proposals currently being considered by…

  • Welfare Reform 10th Anniversary
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    Welfare Reform 10th Anniversary

    Panelists talked about the successes and failures of welfare reform since President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act on…

  •  Welfare Reform 10th Anniversary
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    Welfare Reform 10th Anniversary

    As part of a symposium on “Welfare Reform at 10: Marking the Milestone,” the first panel, moderated by Kate O’Beirne, discussed the 1996 welfare reform legislation and analyzed its successes in the…

  • Immigration Reform
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    Immigration Reform

    Robert Rector talked about his recent presentation at the Heritage Foundation, which suggested that passage of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (S. 2611) would bring in 100 million…

  • Sex Education Programs
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    Sex Education Programs

    Guests talked about federal funding for sex education programs and the placement of abstinence and contraception within the public school curriculum. They also responded to viewer comments…

  • Costs of Illegal Immigration
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    Costs of Illegal Immigration

    Panelists discussed the issue of immigration and its costs and benefits for the federal government. Mr. Krikorian spoke about the need to study the cost of any potential amnesty for illegal immigrants. He also analyzed the stance of both Pres. Bush and Sen. Kerry on immigration and…

  • Abstinence Education Programs
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    Abstinence Education Programs

    Mr. Rector talked about the effective ness of abstinence education programs and why the federal government should fund these types of programs. He also responded to viewer comments and…

  • Affordable Housing Availability
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    Affordable Housing Availability

    Participants talked about a report on affordable housing and several recommended programs to increase homeownership. Among the issues they addressed were public-private partnerships,…

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