President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration would work on welfare once tax reform was completed.
“We’ll be working on healthcare, infrastructure, and welfare reform,” Trump told reporters at a cabinet meeting. “We’re looking very strongly at welfare reform, and that will all take place right after taxes — very soon, very shortly after taxes.”
“So we’ll be submitting plans on healthcare, plans on infrastructure, and plans on welfare reform — which is desperately needed in our country,” he added.
The president is working with members of Congress to fix welfare and is expected to sign an executive order to set a series of principles for Congressional action and to direct federal agencies to recommend actions that can be taken without legislation. The order is expected to suggest tighter work requirements to receive benefits and reduction of duplicative services.
Former President Bill Clinton signed into law more than 20 years ago the most recent attempt at reforming welfare which was widely credited for reducing child poverty, especially among black children, and increasing employment among single mothers.
The president also mentioned that his administration would submit plans for healthcare and infrastructure soon but offered no additional detail.