Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday defended his new plan to overhaul the nation's social safety net by giving states greater control over how they spend federal anti-poverty funds, saying the current system is broken.
Ryan's plan would consolidate 11 safety-net programs such as food stamps and housing vouchers into a single block grant for states, with state governments working with local officials, nonprofits and faith-based groups to distribute the money. There would be strict accountability standards.
"We don’t want to have a poverty management system that simply perpetuates poverty," Ryan said. "We want to get at the root causes of poverty, to get people out of poverty."