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    Lee Introduces Plan to Reform Welfare

    Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) introduced legislation last week to make welfare meet needs more constructively while exercising fiscal responsibility. His new bill—whose House companion will be introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan (R–OH)—does three important things: Gets welfare spending under control. Welfare spending has increased by 16-fold since the War on … More

    Pope Francis and America’s Obligations to the Poor

    Americans are a generous and conscientious people, concerned with making sure that no one falls through the cracks and that everyone is given a fair shot at leading a thriving life. This is, perhaps, one reason why Pope Francis’s recent call for all of us to remember our obligations to … More

    Farm Bill Extension Would Be Better Than $1 Trillion Food Stamp/Subsidy Disaster

    Congress doesn’t have much time to work out a food stamp/farm bill this year. If no farm bill is passed, this wouldn’t be the end of the world. Just like it did last year, Congress can pass an extension. The House and Senate are trying to work out differences between … More

    Farm Bill: A Response to President Obama

    In his recent remarks, President Obama made a push to get a new farm bill enacted by the end of the year. Sound agriculture and food stamp policy should be the goal, not getting a farm bill done at all costs based on an artificial timeline. The House and Senate … More

    Orphans Should Wait No More

    Today in the United States, there are 400,540 children in the foster care system. Approximately 104,236 of these are orphans waiting for adoptive families to call their own. Sixty-nine percent of children in foster care spend five or more years in the system. They spend their childhood circulating in and … More

    7 Ugly Truths About the House Farm Bill

    The recently defeated House farm bill was fundamentally flawed. The House can now fix these flaws by going back to the drawing board and developing real reforms. To adopt necessary reforms, the House needs to separate food stamps from the farm programs and consider each on its own merit in … More

    Food Stamps Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth

    The number of Americans on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at historic highs, but some on the left—like Paul Krugman—think that’s not such a bad thing because, as they argue, food stamps “stimulate” the economy: We desperately needed (and still need) public policies to promote … More

    The Rich and Famous at the Farm Bill Trough

    Congress is considering the renewal of massive agriculture subsidies that proponents characterize as a crucial “safety net” for struggling family farms. In fact, most of the taxpayer support is actually pocketed by the well-to-do, including former President Jimmy Carter, the current Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and … More

    Health Care Report from the States: Florida Medicaid Expansion

    As action to stop Obamacare languishes in Washington, the debate continues at the state level. Heritage is hosting a series of health care reports from our allies in the states to provide an up-close view of state-level action regarding Obamacare. The states play an important role in protecting citizens against … More

    What the Left Misunderstands about Poverty and Dependency

    Jim DeMint kicked off his first day as President of the Heritage Foundation with a letter celebrating the American spirit and lamenting the damage done to our national character by the Left’s limitless welfare state: “Liberal policies have destroyed families and communities and created dependence on government. Putting our society back … More