Conservatives Push Ryan on Welfare Reform, Obamacare Repeal

By Ferrechio, Susan | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, April 22, 2016 | Go to article overview

Conservatives Push Ryan on Welfare Reform, Obamacare Repeal


Ferrechio, Susan, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The largest faction of House conservatives has issued a set of recommendations for Republican lawmakers on issues like welfare reform, defense spending and repealing Obamacare, as GOP leaders assemble a party agenda that House Speaker Paul Ryan hopes will attract voters in November.

The Republican Study Committee released six recommendations, which correspond with the six task forces Ryan has assembled to construct the House GOP agenda.

"As the largest caucus in Congress, we are in a unique position to help build the framework for a bold Republican agenda," said Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores, R-Texas. "Our members have a wide array of innovative, conservative ideas to help our country and offer fresh, new leadership. Our recommendations bring those ideas together to begin that important conversation."

On welfare reform, conservative lawmakers told the Washington Examiner they have been working on plan to institute a work requirement for some welfare recipients, a change reflected in the RSC proposal.

"The current welfare system entices people to become dependent on government and behave in ways that keep them there," the RSC said. "Obtaining work and keeping a job takes effort, perseverance, commitment, sacrifice, prioritization, and personal responsibility. Our assistance programs should encourage these positive values."

The RSC is also calling for a boost in defense spending, and proposes $574 billion for national defense and $59 for overseas operations in fiscal 2017. …

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