Welfare

The Myth of the “Obama Phone”: Where did this non-story originate?

October 2, 2012

“The SafeLink program has actually been offering cell phones to low-income households in some states since 2008.”

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Rasmussen Poll: 81% of Likely U.S. Voters think that Government Aid Recipients should be required to prove Legal Residency

September 19, 2012

“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 81% of Likely U.S. Voters think individuals must prove they are legal U.S. residents before receiving government services here. Only nine percent (9%) disagree with such a requirement.”

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Congressional Budget Office: U.S. Federal Government records its fourth-consecutive fiscal year with a trillion dollar deficit

September 11, 2012

“CBO, which releases estimates each month, said the government ran a $192 billion deficit in August, putting the federal government $1.17 trillion in arrears for fiscal 2012, which ends Sept. 30.”

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Analyzing and Simplifying the 2012 Republican Party Platform: Renewing American Values

August 28, 2012

“We are the party of independent individuals and the institutions they create – families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods – to advance their ideals and make real their dreams.”

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Analyzing and Simplifying the 2012 Republican Party Platform: Specific Government Reforms

August 28, 2012

“At a time when the federal government has become bloated, antiquated and unresponsive to taxpayers, it is our intention not only to improve management and provide better services, but also to rethink and restructure government to bring it into the twenty-first century.”

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Romney Aide on the “Welfare Waivers” Ad: We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers

August 28, 2012

“Fact checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs, and we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” he said. The fact-checkers — whose institutional rise has been a feature of the cycle — have “jumped the shark,” he added after the panel.”

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Romney’s attacks on Welfare Waivers force Two Republican Governors to back-away from their Waiver Requests

August 28, 2012

“Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval were among five governors who sought flexibility for the states on alternative ways to achieve the law’s goal of moving recipients from welfare to work. Herbert said he wanted the waivers to be granted by Congress and not the executive branch. Sandoval’s office claimed his request for flexibility was not actually a request for a waiver.”

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Analyzing and Simplifying the 2012 Republican Party Platform: Economic Policy

August 28, 2012

“Republicans will pursue free market policies that are the surest way to boost employment and create job growth and economic prosperity for all.”

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Senate Budget Committee: Over 100 million people now receive some form of Federal Welfare Assistance

August 8, 2012

“The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs,” the Senate Budget Committee notes.”

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Romney Attack Ad claims that President Obama will “gut welfare reform”

August 7, 2012

“The ad is part of a Romney campaign push focused on welfare, part of an effort to paint Obama as a big-government liberal out of step with former president Bill Clinton.”

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Mexico’s Government and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating to increase participation in U.S. food stamps

July 20, 2012

“When asked for details and to elaborate on the program, USDA stressed it was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal immigrants.”

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National Employment Law Project: Half a million people prematurely cut-off from unemployment benefits in 2012

May 31, 2012

“Separate from the Congressional action, some states are making it harder to qualify for the first few months of benefits, which are covered by taxes on employers.”

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Federal Benefits exhausted for many Californians on May 12th

May 13, 2012

“Mathew Pauley is among the 93,000 people in California set to lose benefits on Saturday. Until recently, he thought he had two remaining months of benefits.”

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) proposes Medicaid cuts and a larger cigarette tax to close the state Medicaid system’s $2.7 billion deficit

April 21, 2012

“To resolve the projected deficit, the governor proposed cutting $1.35 billion in healthcare programs for the state’s poorest residents. The state also would reduce the rates it pays hospitals and other healthcare providers by $675 million. Most of the remaining $700 million would be generated with a $1-per-pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax and matching federal grants.”

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Obama Administration looking for states to experiment with unemployment insurance programs by letting people test a job while still receiving benefits

April 19, 2012

“The plan is a key feature of a payroll tax cut package that President Barack Obama negotiated with Congressional Republicans in February.”

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