Warren: Ryan's poverty plan 'shiny repackaging'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Biden to nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary: report Bottom line MORE (D-Mass.) criticized Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBottom line Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition Feehery: A possible House Speaker conundrum for Democrats MORE's (R-Wis.) anti-poverty plan, calling the agenda a "shiny repackaging" of his old proposals.

"It looks more like an agenda for creating poverty than reducing it," Warren said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.


Ryan on Tuesday started rolling out his election-year policy agenda, which includes an anti-poverty plan that emphasizes work and discourages welfare.

The Speaker and other House GOP leaders proposed overhauling federal food, housing and unemployment programs. They also hope to impose stricter work requirements and give states more say in who receives aid. Ryan said he wanted to address the "root causes of poverty to break the cycle of poverty."

Warren said Ryan's plan would keep large tax breaks and loopholes open for billionaires and corporations and "gut the rules on Wall Street."

"Then say there's no money for Social Security, for Medicare, for education, or anything else that will help struggling working families," she said in the post.

She commended progressives, who she said had a "serious agenda" to combat poverty compared to Ryan's "fancy new buzzwords."

The progressive agenda "lays out policies to boost wages, improve access to good jobs, ensure fair scheduling at work, and provide real ways to help families get ahead," she wrote.

"We need to fight for policies that level the playing field for working families, rather than set them back."