Another very important campaign promise kept by President Trump. On Tuesday President Trump signs an executive order that will affect millions of people who receive Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps) and public housing.
There was over $700 billion spent by federal government on welfare programs that provide assistance to low-income households. According to President Trump, his latest executive order is meant to make the public assistance program recipients more self-sufficient. It is known as the Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility executive order.
Here is the briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders after the orders were signed.
The executive order states:
“The federal government’s role is to clear paths to self-sufficiency, reserving public assistance programs for those who are truly in need. The federal government should do everything within its authority to empower individuals by providing opportunities for work, including by investing in federal programs that are effective at moving people into the workforce and out of poverty. It must examine federal policies and programs to ensure that they are consistent with principles that are central to the American spirit — work, free enterprise, and safeguarding human and economic resources.
“For those policies or programs that are not succeeding in those respects, it is our duty to either improve or eliminate them.”
Gravy Train Is Over: Trump Signs Executive Order Requiring Recipients of Federal Aid Programs to Work https://t.co/k2Ftc8mT2V
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) April 11, 2018
Trump also stated that this order will give the states more power when it comes to utilizing and monitoring the public assistance programs.
“Balance flexibility and accountability both to ensure that state, local, and tribal governments, and other institutions, may tailor their public assistance programs to the unique needs of their communities and to ensure that welfare services and administering agencies can be held accountable for achieving outcomes (including by designing and tracking measures that assess whether programs help people escape poverty)."
Eight federal department heads are called upon by the order to review the public assistance programs within their agencies.
Each of these department heads are required to submit a report 90 days in that suggest changes that will help achieve Trump's goals, per the executive order.
President Trump’s Executive Order on Economic Mobility takes the first steps toward welfare reform in America. More: https://t.co/LshitUPFvL
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 11, 2018
Per Western Journal:
“The president cares deeply about getting Americans back to work,” a senior administration official told reporters, according to Politico. “This executive order provides a well-thought-out, coherent framework.”
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families said Trump’s executive order will allow the agency to take “aggressive action” toward enforcing work requirements.
“Strengthening work requirements for welfare recipients is a critical element of moving welfare recipients from dependency to self-sufficiency,” Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary for the organization, said in a statement.
This is not the administration’s first attempt at incorporating work requirements into government aid programs.
The Department of Health and Human Services has taken the first steps in incorporating work requirements for Medicaid recipients, while the Department of Agriculture has already started giving states more control over food stamp recipients, allowing some states to add work requirements for that benefit.
What do you think about Trump's executive order? There certainly is an issue in this country with people sucking up benefits from welfare, SNAP, public housing etc. The Left likes to make the Right seem like they don't want to provide any assistance to anyone. That's not the issue. The issue is the welfare leeches who provide no value to society and are a drain on the economy. Their drain is larger than the amount of taxpayer funds use to buy them food, housing, etc. It is about how they do nothing to stimulate the economy.
Check out some of the responses on Twitter:
This is one of the best economic environments in years, yet businesses are struggling to find qualified workers. @POTUS’s executive order on workforce development and economic mobility reaffirms that it’s time we face our poverty challenge head on. https://t.co/UU02PkGtve pic.twitter.com/h7Tz6pRoMe
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 10, 2018
Amazing. It's Day Two since Trump signed an Executive Order reinstituting the Welfare To Work reforms that Obama ended, including 90 days to cut off all welfare to those with no legal status to be here...and the media hasn't really even commented on it yet.
— Stealth Jeff (@drawandstrike) April 12, 2018
Want government aid? Get to work! President Trump signs executive order to strengthen or add work requirements for welfare recipients pic.twitter.com/KjP8c8PRy4
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 11, 2018
Trump just signed an executive order pushing “work for welfare.”
Work!? WORK!? 😡 How unfair! Taxpayers should be on the hook for my apathy and laziness. It ain’t right to expect something in return for what is supposed to be my free handout. I’M A VICTIM!!!
— Tyler Zed (@TyEducatingLibs) April 11, 2018
New Executive Order: Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility!
— Lisa Mei Crowley (@LisaMei62) April 10, 2018