The 11 Federal Low-Income Programs Paul Ryan Wants to Consolidate

By Kellie Lunney

July 24, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Thursday proposed consolidating 11 federal programs aimed at helping low-income Americans as part of his plan to combat poverty and increase upward mobility in this country. The possible 2016 presidential contender said combining such programs into an “Opportunity Grant” and providing states with more flexibility to tailor aid based on individual needs would improve the current fragmented and formulaic system of federal assistance.The idea would be to let states try different ways of providing aid and then to test the results—in short, more flexibility in exchange for more accountability,” Ryan said. The Wisconsin Republican said the plan would be voluntary for states and would not cut funding for the 11 programs. Democrats, however, expressed skepticism that the Ryan proposal would help low-income Americans, or avoid slashing funds from the programs slated for consolidation.

“The core idea of the Ryan proposal is not new,” said Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen, ranking member of the House Budget Committee. “It’s nothing more than a block grant gussied up with some bells and whistles.”

The programs Ryan targets for consolidation are managed by five different departments. In many cases, the programs comprise a large portion of the agencies’ annual budget. They are:


By Kellie Lunney

July 24, 2014

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