Sessions: Government Spends Trillions On Poverty Programs, But Poverty Continues To Grow

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Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered the Weekly Republican Address Saturday, highlighting the fact that both poverty and spending on government assistance continues to grow in America.

“We spend a trillion dollars each year on federal poverty programs. That’s more than the budget for Social Security or Defense,” he said. “But poverty seems only to increase.”

Sessions, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, highlighted the low-income troubles in the nation’s capitol, where 1 in 3 children in Washington D.C. live in poverty and 2 in 3 live in single parent homes. Just northward in Baltimore, Sessions added, 1 in 3 are living on food stamps and 1 in 3 children are living in poverty.

“Americans are committed to helping our sisters and brothers who are struggling, but we are seeing the damaging human consequences of our broken welfare state,” he said.

The Alabama senator slammed the Agriculture Department for its aggressive outreach efforts to enroll more people on food stamps, including strategies to overcome “mountain pride,” and the USDA’s contention that “each $5 in new [food stamp] benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community.”

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  • Kent2012

    another wonderful socialist program gone wild, but still supported by the communist democrats….

  • TexRancher

    Well Duh! When you make poverty programs more inviting than working what would one expect? Democommunists have built the voter buying programs more profitable than working what with the food stamps, Obama phones, HUD housing, SSI ripoffs, child support without going after the fathers for the child support they are responsible for and let’s not forget the generous Income tax rebates to people who never paid a dime in taxes!

  • gracentruth

    Lyndon Baines Johnson tried that years ago with the same results. Isaiah 9:10 is in full force and effect. Peace,