It is possible that Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration will start pushing for new economic policies that encourage poor people to work. Many poor people receive various benefits from the government, regardless of whether they work or not. However, Trump has previously complained about people who do not work and generate more income through welfare than people who do work and generate income through their paycheck.
Senator Orrin Hatch also said that he is unwilling to help people who do not help themselves.
The Republicans tried to get states to add work requirements to Medicaid. Trump is also encouraging states to add work requirements for benefits such as food stamps. Other government officials have said that getting people to be self sufficient is the ultimate way to helping them.
However, as CNN reports, many people on welfare can not work. Some are children. Some are senior citizens who are too old to work. Others are disabled and can not work.
Of those who are of working age, forty percent do work or are students. Experts have weighed in and said that most people on welfare either can not work or do work and still do not earn enough to live on. The reason for this often lies with the low minimum wage. It is rare for people to actually sit around and not work and still get welfare just because they can.