ICYMI: Main Street and RSC Chairs Discuss Importance of Workforce Provisions in Farm Bill
U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Chairman of the Republican Main Street Caucus, and Mark Walker (R-N.C.), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, in an op-ed in the Washington Examiner wrote about the importance of work requirements included in the Farm Bill passed by the House earlier this year.
Our new economy needs a trained workforce:
"Our country is witnessing an economic resurgence after the passage of tax reform last year. For the first time in recorded history, the number of jobs open is larger than the number of unemployed people. This is good for everyone, regardless of their position in life. For those who are unemployed, they will be able to find an employer with an available job. For those who are already employed, they will start seeing their wages rise as businesses compete for employees.
"Yet despite these record numbers, the most vulnerable among us are still down on their luck."
Government assistance should be more than just a safety net:
"Congress has a chance to fix this problem as we consider government assistance programs. We have an opportunity to move these programs from just safety nets there to catch people when they fall to programs that help them climb out of poverty and live their American Dream. It’s a choice between either continuing the broken status quo or implementing reforms that have proven success like work requirements."
"As the old saying goes, give someone a fish, feed them for a day, but teach someone to fish, you feed them for a lifetime. By enforcing work and job training requirements, we can reduce government dependency and end the cycle of poverty that traps too many Americans."
Majority of Americans support work requirements:
"At this rare economic moment, Congress has before it the perfect time to make major headway in the War on Poverty by including work requirements in the Farm Bill this year. This is one of those issues that not only is it the right thing to do but it is also wildly popular. A recent poll found that 82 percent of Americans want to include work requirements for food stamps."
Work requirements are historically bipartisan:
"We understand that bipartisan support in the Senate is necessary to get this bill signed into law, which is why it’s important to note the changes we propose are bipartisan. Welfare-to-work reforms are not a new idea, and in the past, they’ve even passed with a divided government. In 1996, a Republican-controlled Congress and President Bill Clinton passed welfare-to-work reforms. The changes in the House Farm Bill only seeks to strengthen what we know works from these previously bipartisan measures, and the final legislation should include these important improvements."
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