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Reed Introduces Bill to Preserve Work Requirements in Welfare
February 27, 2015
WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced the Preserving the Work Requirement for Welfare Act. The legislation prohibits the Obama administration from waiving the work requirement in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. In July 2012, the Obama administration declared it had the authority to waive the work requirement, which has been key to the success of welfare reform in increasing work and earnings and reducing poverty. No prior administration ever claim... More
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Trade Pacts Will Strengthen Our National Security
February 27, 2015
The disturbing news from the Pacific is that China continues to beef up construction in disputed territory and spread its brand of “state capitalism.” At the same time, our allies question whether the United States is truly committed to being a world leader. In Europe, Russia continues its belligerence, and Europe is unable to respond effectively because of its dependence on Russian energy. These are just two examples of why we need to strengthen our trade agenda. We need to pass trade promotion... More
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Former Agriculture Secretaries Support Trade Promotion Authority
February 27, 2015
As we pointed out yesterday, expanding trade will help American farmers and ranchers thrive. Today, a bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Sec... More
Opening Statements
Ryan Opening Statement: Strengthening Medicare and Other Health Care Legislation
February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the following opening statement during the committee markup of a series of health care bills, including the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act of 2015 introduced by Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA). "So before we get started, I wanted to say a few words. The reason we're here today is to strengthen Medicare . . . to make the program work better. That's som... More
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More Trade Will Help American Farmers and Ranchers Thrive
February 26, 2015
America's farmers and ranchers will reap enormous benefits from expanding U.S. trade. Rural communities across the country rely heavily on the global economy for their livelihoods, but many of our agricultural exports are hitting trade barriers. That’s why passing trade promotion authority (TPA) is so important. It will help us reach high-standard trade agreements, which will tear down these barriers, open new markets for agricultural exports, and increase take-home pay for U.S. farmers and ranc... More
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