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John Ashcroft on Welfare & Poverty

Former Attorney General; Former Republican Senator (MO)


Allow states to contract with charitable organizations

Source: JohnAshcroft.org, campaign web site , Nov 7, 2000

Charitable Choice helps break cycle of poverty

Q. The United States has the highest rate of child poverty of any major Western industrialized nation. There are 13.5 million American children living in poverty. What specific plans do you have to reduce child poverty in America?

A. I worked in Congress to pass historic welfare reform legislation which gives states greater flexibility to design and implement welfare programs that help individuals break free from the cycle of poverty and move from dependence to independence. As a result, welfare rolls have been reduced by 45%. We should continue to look for ways to help families with children escape poverty, such as inviting the participation of charitable and faith-based organizations to assist poor children. This initiative, known as “charitable choice,” was a provision I authored in the 1996 welfare reform law that has been very successful in reaching impoverished children.

Source: National Association of Children’s Hospitals survey , Sep 9, 2000

Voted YES on welfare block grants.

Replacement of federal welfare guarantee with block grants to the states.
Status: Conf Rpt Agreed to Y)78; N)21; NV)1
Reference: Conference Report on H.R. 3734; Bill H.R. 3734 ; vote number 1996-262 on Aug 1, 1996

Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps.

Vote to not allow states the option of getting food stamp funds as a block grant administered by the state, rather than as a federal program, if they meet certain criteria.
Reference: Bill S 1956 ; vote number 1996-218 on Jul 23, 1996

Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers.

Vote on a procedural motion to allow consideration of an amendment to express the Sense of Congress that the president should approve the waivers requested by states that want to implement welfare reform.
Reference: Bill S.1956 ; vote number 1996-208 on Jul 19, 1996

Voted YES on welfare overhaul.

Approval of an overhaul on the federal welfare system.
Status: Bill Passed Y)87; N)12; NV)1
Reference: Contract w/ America (Welfare Refm); Bill H.R. 4 ; vote number 1995-443 on Sep 19, 1995

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