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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Welfare & Poverty

Republican Representative (FL-18)


Focus on opportunity gap instead of income-inequality gap

Ros-Lehtinen says [in her Spanish-language GOP response to the State of the Union speech] that Obama should focus less on closing the income-inequality gap and more on the "opportunity gap" for people looking to better themselves.

"That's why the first step in our strategy to close this gap is to secure well-paying jobs for individuals skilled to carry them out," her prepared remarks say.

Source: Miami Herald on 2014 State of the Union response , Jan 29, 2014

Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients.

Congressional Summary:

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:

Opponent's Argument for voting No: