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Tom Tancredo on Welfare & Poverty

Republican Representative (CO-6)


Welfare state in 1960s caused decline in black wage rates

Q: In 2006, the unemployment rate of Black high school graduates was 33% higher than the unemployment rate for white high school drop outs. What do you think accounts for that inequity?

A: OK, I just cannot agree with this race-baiting kind of comments about the reason why we have these problems. Look, why was it that in the 1940s & 1950s, into the early 1960s, the ability for Blacks in the US to improve themselves economically was working? They were moving up the ladder. Families were intact--in better shape, by the way, than most white families of that same period of time. What happened? Two things have happened to--I believe--to devastate the Black community when it comes to economic opportunity. One, the welfare state; it began to pay people to not be in the home. And when that happened, what we saw is a decline in wage rates. And two, of course, is the importation of millions of low-income workers that depress the wage rates for the lowest income among us.

Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers.

Voting YES on this amendment would add $70 million to the Section 8 housing voucher program, funding an additional 10,000 affordable housing vouchers.
Reference: Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations; Bill HR 5576 Amendment 1015 ; vote number 2006-267 on Jun 13, 2006

Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients.

Welfare Reauthorization Bill: Vote to pass a bill that would approve $16.5 billion to renew the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant program through fiscal 2008 and call for new welfare aid conditions. The bill raises the work requirements for individuals getting assistance from 30 to 40 hours per week. States would be required to increase the number of recipient families working from the current level of 50 percent to 70 percent or more in 2008. The bill also provides an additional $1 billion in mandatory state child care grants and provides $200 million annually for marriage promotion programs.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Pryce, R-OH; Bill HR 4 ; vote number 2003-30 on Feb 13, 2003

Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks.

Vote to pass a bill that would allow religious organizations to compete equally with other non-governmental groups for federal funds to provide social service, and provide $13.3 billion in tax breaks for charitable giving over 10 years.
Bill HR 7 ; vote number 2001-254 on Jul 19, 2001

Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations.

Vote to establish a program that would promote more responsible fatherhood by creating educational, economic and employment opportunities and give grants to state agencies and nonprofit groups, including faith-based institutions.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Johnson, R-CT.; Bill HR 3073 ; vote number 1999-586 on Nov 10, 1999

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