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Steve Stockman on Welfare & Poverty

Former Republican Representative (TX-9)


1990s: Homeless in Fort Worth's Water Gardens park

In 1994, Stockman ran for office as a political novice, with a bootstrap story that began with his time living in Fort Worth's Water Gardens park ("I called myself 'Max,'?" he told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1995, "because I figured this was the maximum I could go down.") He managed to unseat Jack Brooks (D-Tex.), a longtime congressman, in one of the biggest surprises of Newt Gingrich's Republican rout.
Source: Washington Post on 2014 Texas Senate race , Jan 4, 2014

Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients.

Congressional Summary:

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:

Opponent's Argument for voting No: