John Ashcroft on Welfare & Poverty
Former Attorney General; Former Republican Senator (MO)
A. I worked in Congress to pass historic welfare reform legislation which gives states greater flexibility to design and implement welfare programs that help individuals break free from the cycle of poverty and move from dependence to independence. As a result, welfare rolls have been reduced by 45%. We should continue to look for ways to help families with children escape poverty, such as inviting the participation of charitable and faith-based organizations to assist poor children. This initiative, known as “charitable choice,” was a provision I authored in the 1996 welfare reform law that has been very successful in reaching impoverished children.
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