Washington – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement after the White House unveiled the Executive Order on Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility.
"Welfare reform is about hope, not judgement. I applaud the President for laying out principles and making welfare reform a priority for his administration. Now it is up to Congress to pass legislation to promote earned success through the dignity of work. We need to eliminate marriage penalties, allow flexibility for the states, fight fraud and recognize the importance of civil society in fighting poverty.
"A government-first approach has failed those who are the most vulnerable in our society. Conservatives believe that every individual deserves the opportunity to improve their economic circumstances. Instead of trapping individuals in a cycle of poverty, we need to allow all to achieve their God given potential."