Ryan Set To Lay Out GOP Poverty Agenda At Drug Rehab Center In DC

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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House Speaker Paul Ryan is slated to unveil the GOP’s plan to tackle poverty Tuesday at a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Anacostia — one of Washington, D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods.

The plan, titled “A Better Way,” lays out a policy agenda instead of “just personality,” House GOP aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation. It calls for stronger work requirements to qualify for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and housing and food assistance. The plan also pushes for easier access to job training, including changes to allow non-custodial parents the opportunity to seek educational opportunities.

More power would be put back in the states hands, which Republican lawmakers say will help avoid a “one-size-fits-all approach” they feel isn’t best serving individual communities’ needs.

The plan aims to improve improve early childhood development and help “at-risk youth” stay in rehabilitation programs. It also includes reforms to expand access to 401Ks so low-income families can save for retirement and easier access to affordable financial planning.

Sources say the plan is reflective of how Ryan will be able to work with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump if he is elected in November.

“The issues included represent the areas of common ground the speaker has with Donald Trump, and he is confident that the plans House Republicans would pass in 2017 would be signed into law with a Trump White House,” the aides said. “The speaker continues to believe that if we put our best ideas forward, we can not only win an election, but win a mandate to do what is necessary to fix our country’s problems.”

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