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Senate GOP Takes Wide View of ‘Welfare’ in Tallying Federal Commitments

“It is time to restore — not retreat from — the moral principles of the 1996 welfare reform,” Sessions said.

In a statement, the senator detailed examples of what he maintains are Obama administration efforts to expand welfare participation, including a Spanish-language advertisement in which “an individual is pressured into accepting food stamps” and the hiring of “recruitment workers” whose goal is to increase the number of people participating in the food stamp program.

The CRS, in explaining its methodology, said that programs without an explicit low-income provision were included in the report because either their target population is disproportionately poor or their purpose clearly indicates a presumption that participants will be low income.

In addition, the report points out that federal spending for low-income programs grew at much slower rates in fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011. Spending totaled $733 billion and $746 billion in those years, respectively, increasing by 6 percent between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2010 and by 2 percent between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011.

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