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Blackburn: Returning Entitlement Programs to States Could Make Sense

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By    |   Thursday, 28 December 2017 03:45 PM

Much of the increased federal spending is in entitlements, "because basically it's on autopilot," Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Thursday, and sending some of the responsibility for programs back to the states may be a step toward bringing costs back under control.

"Absolutely members of the House want to address the healthcare issues, Medicaid and, of course, I think there is a lot of support for sending Medicaid back to the states," the Tennessee Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "In Tennessee when I talk to our state elected officials, they say 'send it to us. We'll do a better job.'"

In addition, she said she favors returning verification for several programs back to the states.

"I think that giving more of this responsibility to the states, to social workers that are in the counties that know how to verify, know families, know who is truly in need, this is how we are going to get a handle on making certain that the programs and the benefits are going to the people who qualify and who need these benefits," Blackburn said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said he would not bring up entitlement reform in the Senate, as he does not believe the matter could get bipartisan support, but Blackburn said she disagrees.

"I think we can get Democratic involvement in some of this, absolutely," Blackburn said. "What are the American people interested in? Same thing people in Tennessee are interested, truth, fairness, stability, consistency in these programs, and making certain that healthcare benefits are going to people that need them via the Medicaid program. This is something that they want to see done properly. And the states are going to do a better job of those services."

Getting Democrats on board will mean working on issues and problems one at a time, said Blackburn, and she believes the House has done a good job of making that happen.

"We've passed well over 400 bills," she said. "The Senate has taken up about 100 of those bills and I think 70 have made it to the president's desk. To our good friends in the Senate, just pick up the pace, work with us on this, and let's drill down on these issues."

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Much of the increased federal spending is in entitlements, "because basically it's on autopilot," and sending some of the responsibility for programs back to the states may be a step toward bringing costs back under control, Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Thursday.
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