Rubio Pushing Reform Agenda to Tackle Poverty

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says the nation needs a new reform agenda to help the poorest Americans find work and help their families climb out of poverty.

    The Florida Republican says in a speech Wednesday that money from the federal government to address poverty should be shifted to the states and Congress should reform the tax code to give people in low-wage jobs an incentive to stay in the workforce and not collect unemployment insurance.

    The potential 2016 presidential candidate says a “big government approach” launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s “War on Poverty” 50 years ago has failed to help enough Americans trapped by poverty.

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