White House: Benefits beneficiaries could be working

White House: Benefits beneficiaries could be working

(Washington Examiner) Many of the people in major federal safety-net programs could work but don’t, according to a new White House study.

The analysis, published Thursday by the Council of Economic Advisers, helps provide a basis for the Trump administration’s push for “welfare reform” in the form of more work requirements for safety-net programs.

The analysis finds that majorities of Medicaid, food stamp, and housing beneficiaries are all working-age, nondisabled adults. Within those categories, majorities work fewer than 20 hours a week.