Trump Signs Executive Order To Begin Requiring People To Work To Receive Welfare Benefits

Kirsters Baish| President Trump has been working on the welfare issue in America since his first day in office. He has just taken a huge step in the process of reducing the amount of people on welfare. It was reported that on Tuesday, President Trump signed the Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility executive order. The order will affect millions of people who are currently on welfare via programs such as Medicaid, SNAP (aka: food stamps), and public housing.

Last year alone, the federal government spent over $700 billion on welfare programs helping with low-income households. Trump has explained that this executive order is meant to push welfare recipients to be more self-sufficient.

The order reads“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.vFor those policies or programs that are not succeeding in those respects, it is our duty to either improve or eliminate them.”

Trump also stated that this order will allow states to have more power about how they choose to use public assistance programs. They will also be able to track the success of such programs.

The order also reads, “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).”

This order also states that the heads of eight federal departments are to review public assistance programs within each of their agencies.

Wester Journal reported, “Those department heads are expected to submit a report within 90 days with a list of recommended changes to achieve Trump’s goals, according to the executive order.”

Politico reported that a senior administration official spoke to reporters saying, “The president cares deeply about getting Americans back to work. This executive order provides a well-thought-out, coherent framework.”

Western Journal wrote:

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 first steps have been taken by the Department of Health and Human Services to incorporate work requirements for Medicaid recipients, and the Department of Agriculture has begun to grant states more control when it comes to food stamp recipients, allowing some states to add work requirements for that benefit.