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Joe Biden on Welfare & Poverty
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 9 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • It's not "culture of dependency"; it's acquiring skills. (Sep 2012)
  • No faith-based initiative; it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it. (Oct 2007)
  • We’re no longer certain our kids will be better off than us. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Welfare & Poverty
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 3 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • Count poverty based on all costs, minus welfare assistance. (Dec 2007)
  • Opportunity NYC: cash transfer to break cycle of poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Instituted $7.5B municipal affordable housing plan. (Mar 2007)
John Bolton on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for John Bolton on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 14 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • If you're born poor, the odds are stacked against you. (Mar 2013)
  • Proposed refusing federal money for welfare. (Dec 2009)
  • Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board. (Dec 2009)
  • 1994: Get tough on recipients of public assistance. (Feb 2007)
  • More government money to religious groups. (Feb 2007)
  • Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners. (Mar 2004)
  • Replace AFDC with limited temporary assistance. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work. (Jul 1998)
  • Help welfare recipients into workforce. (Jul 1998)
  • Taking welfare should be more shameful than working. (Nov 1995)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
Ben Carson on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 4 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Charities better at providing for needy than the government. (Mar 2013)
  • Those who don't want to work? They are on their own. (Jan 2012)
  • Government entitlements compete with private-sector charity. (Jan 2012)
  • Eradicate poverty by providing education and requiring work. (Jan 2012)
Hillary Clinton on Welfare & Poverty
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 23 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • In the face of suffering, God calls on us to respond. (Apr 2008)
  • Make sure the economy works for everybody. (Jan 2008)
  • Partner with faith based community in empowerment zones. (Dec 2007)
  • Considered idea of $5000 at birth to pay for future college. (Oct 2007)
  • Time-out for mortgage companies on march toward foreclosure. (Sep 2007)
  • Wellesley thesis: Saul Alinsky & people over bureaucrats. (Jun 2007)
  • Hedge funds incentivize risk, but need regulation. (Apr 2007)
  • Welfare reform was critical step despite flaws. (Nov 2003)
  • Lazio weakened housing standards and limited public housing. (Oct 2000)
  • Lazio fought against FHA on low-interest housing loans. (Oct 2000)
  • Equal access to capital and jobs. (Jan 2000)
  • Working should mean no poverty. (Jan 2000)
  • Community involvement helps, but only in short term. (Dec 1999)
  • Don’t criminalize the homeless. (Dec 1999)
  • 1969 thesis: Alinsky’s reforms too short term & local. (Apr 1999)
  • Microcredit is an invaluable tool in alleviating poverty. (Feb 1997)
  • Link payments to good parenting behavior. (Feb 1997)
  • 1976: Founded first indigent legal aid in Fayetteville AR. (Aug 1993)
  • Won series of high school awards, but barred from athletics. (Aug 1993)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
Ted Cruz on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Government checks create dependency. (Aug 2012)
Andrew Cuomo on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by Andrew Cuomo OR click here for Andrew Cuomo on other issues.
  • CORe initiative: support community-based services. (Jan 2013)
  • Create a Foreclosure Relief Unit to keep people in homes. (Jan 2012)
  • Remove barriers to food stamps: stop fingerprinting for food. (Jan 2012)
  • Moral imperative to maintain safety net in difficult times. (Nov 2010)
  • 2001 review: Focused HUD on poor working-class families. (Apr 2010)
  • Founded nation's largest provider of housing for homeless. (Oct 2003)
Rahm Emanuel on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee
Click here for 3 full quotes by Rahm Emanuel OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
Newt Gingrich on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House
Click here for 20 full quotes by Newt Gingrich OR click here for Newt Gingrich on other issues.
  • Obama is the Food Stamp President; teach poor to get jobs. (Jan 2012)
  • Fight crisis of secularism with church-based charity. (Dec 2011)
  • FactCheck: Poverty rate has fallen under War on Poverty. (Jul 2011)
  • When free welfare is provided, people choose not to work. (Jun 2011)
  • 1996: One out of 184 programs block-granted back to states. (Jun 2011)
  • $1,000 tax credit for low-income first-time homebuyers. (May 2011)
  • Ten Lessons from Successfully Transforming Welfare. (Dec 2007)
  • Echoed Bush's "Thousand Points of Light". (Apr 2004)
  • Boys Town-style orphanages better than kids on welfare. (Nov 2003)
  • Reach majority by better ideas, not by handing out goodies. (Jul 1998)
  • Replace "welfare state" with "opportunity society". (Jul 1996)
  • Enterprise zones let poor create their own jobs. (Jul 1996)
  • Eight steps to improve opportunity for poor. (Jul 1995)
  • Welfare state has distorted beyond its original intent. (Jun 1995)
  • Error at core of welfare state is its dehumanization. (Jun 1995)
  • Welfare vouchers allow choice & reduce bureaucracy. (Jun 1995)
  • Food stamps crowd out space shuttles. (Jun 1995)
  • Replace welfare state with opportunity society. (Jan 1995)
  • End entitlements; require work. (Dec 1994)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Nikki Haley on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Trade welfare check for dignity of paycheck. (Jan 2014)
Mike Huckabee on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 13 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • In AR, banned video poker & assisted suicide. (Nov 2008)
  • Shift federal social programs to church, family, & community. (Nov 2008)
  • Recognizes what your decisions do to people at the bottom. (Jan 2008)
  • First Amendment never intended to shut out voices of faith. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports Charitable Choice for funding faith-based providers. (Dec 2006)
  • Social service agencies can never replace the family. (Jun 1998)
  • Reinstitute Puritan work ethic as American foundation. (Jun 1998)
  • Welfare should be conditioned upon work. (Sep 1997)
  • Maintain TANF block grants. (Apr 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
Jon Huntsman on Welfare & Poverty
Republican UT Governor
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    No stance on record.
Bobby Jindal on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 3 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Feds obliged to care for those who can't care for themselves. (Nov 2010)
  • Land of the Free shouldn't become Land of the Free Lunch. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
Gary Johnson on Welfare & Poverty
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 3 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • Impose gross income cap on welfare recipients. (Jul 2011)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
Peter King on Welfare & Poverty
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 7 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Martin O`Malley on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat
Click here for 2 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Move from welfare to work; & raise Earned Income tax credit. (Jan 2014)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
Barack Obama on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 26 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Upward mobility hasn't stalled; US always was low. (Jan 2014)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit has helped half of all families. (Jan 2014)
  • Community organizing brings about redistributive change. (Feb 2013)
  • People want a hand up, not a handout. (Sep 2012)
  • Help refinancing for homeowners facing foreclosure. (Feb 2009)
  • FactCheck: Cannot limit refinancing to responsible borrowers. (Feb 2009)
  • Still denying decent wages, good benefits, & fair treatment. (Jul 2008)
  • AdWatch: Fought for workers from college thru Senate. (Jul 2008)
  • GovWatch: Welfare laws he “passed” were federally mandated. (Jul 2008)
  • Cut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help. (Apr 2008)
  • Welfare policies contributed to erosion of black families. (Mar 2008)
  • Create 20 Promise Neighborhoods in high-poverty cities. (Feb 2008)
  • 1980s: Director of the Developing Communities Project. (Oct 2007)
  • Stop Fraud Act: full disclosure in subprime lending. (Sep 2007)
  • Engages people of faith on all aspects of his public service. (Aug 2007)
  • Saw dire poverty as a child in Indonesia. (Aug 2007)
  • 1985: Launched project to give voice to disempowered. (Aug 2007)
  • Ownership Society is another term for “Social Darwinism”. (Aug 2007)
  • Community organizer on Chicago’s South Side. (Feb 2007)
  • Black churches minister to social needs out of necessity. (Oct 2006)
  • Welfare recipients know how to succeed but need help. (Jul 2004)
  • Belief that "I am my brother's keeper" makes America work. (Jul 2004)
  • $100M increase in IL Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jun 2004)
  • Inner city problems are the painful truths. (Aug 1996)
  • Exorcise the ghostly figure that haunts black dreams. (Aug 1996)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
Sarah Palin on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 4 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • Got churches to provide private aid for starving people. (Sep 2011)
  • EITC moves thousands of welfare recipients into workforce. (Jan 2008)
  • Recognize Salvation Army and encourage charity to them. (Nov 2007)
  • Funding for faith-based initiatives is adequate today. (Oct 2006)
Deval Patrick on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat
Click here for 5 full quotes by Deval Patrick OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • Housing First strategy: 1,000 families out of shelters. (Jan 2012)
  • Saw severe poverty in 1970s West Africa. (Apr 2011)
  • As law student, won Legal Aid landlord-tenant cases. (Apr 2011)
  • Increase funding for employment and job training programs. (Nov 2006)
  • Promote more multi-family housing starts. (Sep 2005)
Rand Paul on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 2 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Strong safety net, but one that doesn't suffocate us. (Jan 2014)
  • Economic freedom zones in depressed inner cities. (Dec 2013)
Rick Perry on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 6 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Many homeless chose their lifestyle; take a hard approach. (Feb 2008)
  • Help Texans move off public assistance. (Jan 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
Rob Portman on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (OH-2)
Click here for 4 full quotes by Rob Portman OR click here for Rob Portman on other issues.
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Condoleezza Rice on Welfare & Poverty
Secretary of State
Click here for the full quote by Condoleezza Rice OR click here for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.
  • Turn toward entitlement tears apart the fabric of who we. (Aug 2012)
Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Governor (MA); presidential nominee-apparent
Click here for 9 full quotes by Mitt Romney OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • I'm not concerned about very poor; they have safety net. (Feb 2012)
  • My faith would inform my presidency. (Nov 2010)
  • Entitlements: focus on future beyond next election. (Mar 2010)
  • Opportunity is in our DNA; dependency is death to initiative. (Feb 2008)
  • Creating jobs helps poorest workers; not cash handouts. (Jan 2008)
  • Vetoed $220K for state-run homelessness projects. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed studying how MA can overcome federal workfare rules. (Jul 2005)
  • Faith-based programs to provide social services. (Jun 2005)
  • Would require welfare recipients to work. (Nov 1994)
Marco Rubio on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 7 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • EITC isn't enough for single workers who don't have kids. (Jan 2014)
  • Feds help deal with poverty; states can help escape it. (Jan 2014)
  • War on Poverty shows big-government approach fails. (Jan 2014)
  • Communities & churches once took care of neighbors. (Jun 2012)
  • Incentives to actually construct affordable housing. (Nov 2006)
  • Redesign child welfare to outsource foster care. (Nov 2006)
  • Institute tax-free zones in downtrodden inner-city areas. (Nov 2006)
Paul Ryan on Welfare & Poverty
Republican nominee for Vice President; U.S. Rep. (WI-1)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Paul Ryan OR click here for Paul Ryan on other issues.
  • Civil society means we give of ourselves without government. (Sep 2012)
  • Cold social programs have displaced civility and charity. (Aug 2012)
  • Subsidize and deregulate our wealth of faith based charities. (Aug 2012)
  • Remove anti-poverty programs that dishonor human dignity. (Apr 2012)
  • End federal food stamps with block grant to the states. (Apr 2012)
  • Direct federal grants to persistently impoverished districts. (Apr 2012)
  • Food stamp program is rife with waste, fraud & abuse. (Apr 2012)
  • Time-limit & work requirement for need-based aid. (Apr 2012)
  • Left federal barriers to community & institution empowerment. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Bernie Sanders on Welfare & Poverty
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 9 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
Rick Santorum on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 23 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Obama waived workfare? No, he leaves it to states. (Aug 2012)
  • Promote marriage & abstinence as a way to avoid poverty. (Jan 2012)
  • Block grant Medicaid, housing, & food stamps to states. (Jan 2012)
  • Poverty is not a disability; believe in ability to work. (Jan 2012)
  • I authored the only bill to remove an entitlement. (Jan 2012)
  • No compromise on core principles; compromise on all else. (Aug 2011)
  • Send Food Stamps & means-tested entitlements to the states. (Jul 2011)
  • FactCheck: No, church attendance in Europe is above 10%. (Jul 2011)
  • Drafted & managed 1994 Contract with America Welfare Reform. (Jun 2011)
  • Support time-limits for able-bodied welfare recipients. (Apr 2006)
  • Great Society barely budged poverty but fractured families. (Apr 2006)
  • One Percent Solution: increase charitable giving to 2.5%. (Apr 2006)
  • AmeriCorps "volunteers" do build social capital. (Apr 2006)
  • Discriminatory to NOT give money to faith-based groups. (Apr 2006)
  • Promotes Individual Development Accounts set up by churches. (Apr 2006)
  • Black entrepreneurship vanished with liberal welfare policy. (Apr 2006)
  • You don't help people by making them dependent on you. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
Donald Trump on Welfare & Poverty
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 4 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • I don't like firing people; work makes people better. (Dec 2011)
  • Food stamps should be temporary; not a decade on the dole. (Dec 2011)
  • Apply welfare-to-work to 76 other welfare programs. (Dec 2011)
  • Let “saints” help teen moms; restrict public assistance. (Jul 2000)
Jesse Ventura on Welfare & Poverty
Former Independent MN Governor
Click here for 7 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Transition from Welfare to Self-Sufficiency. (Dec 2000)
  • Social programs should be a safety net, not a hammock. (Jul 2000)
  • Focus welfare on jobs & training. (Jul 2000)
  • Believes in private charity, not government charity. (Jan 1999)
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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