Paul Ryan calls for sweeping rethink of anti-poverty programs


The federal government should merge 11 of its anti-poverty programs into a single overarching funding stream, streamlining a system that's grown bloated and complex, argues Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Democrats called the House Budget Committee chairman's plan an attempt to introduce state block grants. "We will oppose any plan that uses the sunny language of 'reform' as a guise to cut vital safety-net programs," warned Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

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