Trump signs law targeting sex trafficking websites

  • Trump signs law targeting sex trafficking websites

Trump signs law targeting sex trafficking websites

Concurrent congressional action, likely in the form of changes to SNAP's work requirements, is expected in the near future.

Millions of Americans flocked to the nation's government assistance programs in the wake of the Great Recession and the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

What's more, the idea that embedding work requirements into safety net programs reduces poverty is based on faulty data, according to LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for family income and support policy at CBPP.

The order directs all federal agencies involved in providing more than $700 billion in low-income assistance annually to study programs that are "failing Americans", and to report back in 90 days with recommendations, said White House domestic policy council director Andrew Bremberg. Some 16 million able-bodied adults are enrolled in SNAP, but only 3.8 million are subject to expanded work requirements, according to official estimates.

Federal assistance programs for which work requirements are now in place or could be changed or added include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) ("welfare"), Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began allowing states to mandate that certain Medicaid enrollees must work for the first time in the program's history. Yet despite the shortage of workers, welfare enrollment remains at or near record highs.

"I know people, they work three jobs and they live next to somebody who doesn't work at all", Trump complained. "The truth is that a majority of poor people who can work, do work - more than 60 percent".

"People can't rise out of poverty if they are only receiving SNAP and Medicaid", said Doar, now a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. At present, that means few concrete changes, but Trump has now instructed a number of his cabinet secretaries to review preexisting regulations and programs to ensure that they comport with the administration's goals.

Some people dance when no one is watching - and some people dance when the world is watching. "And to do hard things, it takes a lot of grit and gumption a little grace from God", she said. And advocates for those services are quick to add that most able-bodied adults who are enrolled in those programs and can work, already do. Most of those who don't work cite illness, disability or family obligations as the reason.

Mr. Trump's order states that many well-meaning welfare program "have instead delayed economic independence, perpetuated poverty, and weakened family bonds".

While the problem is chronically underreported and there is no official estimate of the total number of victims in the USA, an estimate from advocacy group Polaris puts the number of victims nationally "into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated".