While he didn’t campaign on the issue, lately there are signs that Donald Trump wants to reform welfare.
President Trump has been suggesting that he wants to reform welfare. The media’s reply, thus far, is that Bill Clinton has already reformed welfare. But Trump doesn’t accept that idea and thinks that too many people are on welfare instead of working for a living. Furthermore, the welfare reform ideas are likely to come from conservative thinkers!
The Associated Press reports, “Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it.”
Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton’s presidency, starting with a campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it,” continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing change that remains hotly debated 20 years later.
Now, President Donald Trump wants to put his stamp on the welfare system, apparently in favor of a more restrictive policy. He says “people are taking advantage of the system.”
Trump, who has been signaling interest in the issue for some time, said this past week that he wants to tackle the issue after the tax overhaul he is seeking by the end of the year. He said changes were “desperately needed in our country” and that his administration would soon offer plans.
For now, the president has not offered details. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said more specifics were likely early next year. But the groundwork has already begun at the White House and Trump has made his interest known to Republican lawmakers.
Paul Winfree, director of budget policy and deputy director of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council, told a recent gathering at the conservative Heritage Foundation that he and another staffer had been charged with “working on a major welfare reform proposal.”
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