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Trump Puts Welfare Overhaul Next Up on Docket of Republicans

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 08:58 AM

President Donald Trump is already gearing up for the next battle he wants Republican lawmakers to wage — welfare reform.

At the same time Republicans have pushed tax reform closer to the goal line, Trump has pushed his administration to work up an executive order that would tackle welfare reform in the New Year.

"The president really wants to lead on this," Paul Winfree, deputy director of Trump's Domestic Policy Council, said during a Heritage Foundation event last month. "He has delivered that message loud and clear to us. We've opened conversations with leadership in Congress to let them know that that is the direction we are heading."

It also came up last week in the president's speech in Missouri, highlighting a theme of Trump's — "people are taking advantage of the system."

"And the person who is not working at all and has no intention of working at all is making more money and doing better than the person that's working his and her ass off. … So we're going to go into welfare reform," Trump said.

That's music to the ears of conservative Republicans, who wanted the president to tackle welfare reform months ago.

"He gets it," Rep. Jim Jordan told The Wall Street Journal. "I think there are lots of folks across the country who get it, but particularly in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, folks understand that they're working hard, doing what's right for their family, and there are folks who can work, and won't work, and they're getting their money."

There are no specifics yet as to what Trump would target, though more is expected when the president outlines his budget in February.

Regardless, Democrats are already calling it a dog whistle to attack entitlement programs.

"Republicans are already saying 'entitlement reform' and 'welfare reform' are next up on the docket," Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said, the Journal reported. "But nobody should be fooled — that's just code for attacks on Medicaid, on Medicare, on Social Security, on anti-hunger programs. The story will be that America can't afford these programs."

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