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“Successful welfare programs are those that make poverty more temporary, not more tolerable, and we need to move current policy in that direction,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% in a press release regarding the introduction of his bill, the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act.

Lee explains:

The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act corrects and strengthens current welfare programs by restoring work incentives for individuals and families, improving state administration of welfare programs, rewarding states that transition beneficiaries from welfare to work, and imposing greater transparency in means-tested welfare spending.

Report: Agriculture Department Underestimated Farm Bill Cost

What does the figure $21 billion mean to you?

If you care how much money remains in your wallet and how much is confiscated by the federal government for costly, outdated agriculture programs, it should mean a lot.

On February 7, President Obama signed into law the $1 trillion food stamp and farm bill. Conservatives had long warned that this bill is a massive burden to taxpayers that inappropriately combines food stamp policy and farm policy, preventing either portion from being reformed.

As it turns out, the Agriculture Department underestimated – by $21 billion – how much taxpayers would be forking over for the farm bill’s counter cyclical program.

Why More Lawmakers Should Have Fought the Debt Ceiling Suspension

My Foundry piece this week explains the clean debt ceiling suspension is just the beginning of a sustained effort to abdicate fiscal responsibility.  Some Republicans are discussing the possibility of reinstating the “Gephardt Rule,” a mechanism that allowed for approval of legislation increasing the nation’s statutory debt limit without an actual vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Reinstating this rule would supposedly allow lawmakers to avoid periodic debt ceiling dramas, to the detriment of the American people.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Bailout is “The Mother of All Taxpayer Bailouts”

At the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit Monday, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) 83% explained the benefits of the PATH Act and painted a picture of how direly change is needed.

Use Dashboard to Keep Pressure on the House to Put Amnesty on Ice

At last month’s House Republican retreat, GOP Leaders released a document laying out the “standards” for immigration reform. That plan, disguised as immigration reform, laid the groundwork for mass amnesty.

While House GOP leaders appear to be wavering on their plans, thanks to conservatives like you who spoke out against amnesty, political pressure to proceed is still potent as ever. Any proposed legislation will undoubtedly provide a vehicle for conference negotiations between the House and Senate on a larger amnesty package.

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