Trump: Welfare reform a big topic for this administration
President Trump said Monday he’s adding another item to his jam-packed agenda: welfare reform.
“Some people are really taking advantage of our system,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting. “And we are going to be looking very, very strongly therefore at welfare reform.”
Trump indicated the effort would be directed toward people he believes are receiving public benefits but shouldn’t be.
“People are taking advantage of the system and then other people aren’t receiving what they really need to live,” he said. “And we think it’s very unfair to them.”
The president did not reveal any details of a welfare overhaul, but said his Cabinet would discuss recommendations and reveal them “very shortly.”
Trump’s comments come as Congress is grappling with a long to-do list this fall.
The White House wants lawmakers to send tax-reform legislation to Trump’s desk by the end of the year. The president has also asked Congress to come up with a fix for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which he terminated.
Congress also must pass a budget and a government spending bill by December, and also raise the nation’s borrowing limit.
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