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CRN: Enact, Build Upon House Republicans’ Anti-Poverty Blueprint

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WASHINGTON, DC – Against the backdrop of House of Help City of Hope, a residential treatment facility in Washington, DC, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and members of the House’s Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility Task Force unveiled an anti-poverty agenda, including incenting and rewarding work, matching assistance programs with people’s needs, and improving skills and schools.

Neil Bradley, CRN’s chief strategy officer, released the following statement in response to the anti-poverty recommendations and reforms:

We know that following the “success sequence” — graduating high school, working full time, and delaying having children until marriage — dramatically reduces the likelihood of being in poverty. Yet the mishmash of current federal programs fails to help individuals achieve the education and skills they need, punishes work, and deters marriage.

That is why the House Republicans’ blueprint for Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility is so important. It recognizes that restoring the promise of the American dream requires more than tinkering with one or two programs; instead, it requires a complete overhaul of the federal government’s welfare, workforce, and education programs. House Republicans have laid out an ambitious blueprint of initial reforms. For the sake of current and future generations, these reforms need to be enacted and built upon.

Speaker Ryan’s decision to launch the agenda project by focusing on poverty and upward mobility sends an important signal that House Republicans have their priorities right: policies that lift up Americans, restore the American dream, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their God-given potential.