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Rep. Poliquin Statement on Major Welfare Reform

NEW GUIDANCE ON WELFARE WILL ALLOW MAINE TO MORE EFFECTIVELY SERVE TAX-PAYING CITIZENS AND ENCOURAGE WORKING-AGE, NON-DISABLED ADULTS TO WORK TOWARD SUCCESS, SAYS REP. POLIQUIN

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), who has long supported efforts to make important reforms to welfare, released the following statement after CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) issued new guidance to allow for individual states like Maine to implement their own work requirements in order for working-age, non-disabled individuals to receive government subsidies through Medicaid:

“The goal of our federal welfare programs should be to give individuals the opportunities they need to succeed and become self-supporting and independent,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Individual states like Maine, each with their own unique communities, know best how to administer their welfare programs and how best to serve the interests of their own citizens. I believe this new guidance from CMS is an important step in getting more working-age, non-disabled individuals out of the trap of government dependency and in giving them a better opportunity to succeed.”

In 2016, Congressman Poliquin introduced the Food Stamp Integrity Act of 2016, a bill that would make important reforms to the welfare system to help deter serious fraud and abuse.  The bill would make five major changes to existing federal law.

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