(Campbellsport, WI) – State Senator Glenn Grothman (R – Campbellsport), Republican candidate for Congress, vowed to make reforming government welfare programs his top priority in Congress once elected.
“The current welfare system is destroying families and trapping an entire generation in poverty, which is having a devastating impact on our country’s moral and social fabric,” said Grothman. “These programs are designed in a way that punishes couples who get married.”
A recent report released last week by Wisconsin Family Council shows that a low-income single parent can receive over $36,000 in government benefits per year, but would lose almost all of the benefits if they married someone of a moderate income, effectively punishing marriage.
“Not only are these programs punishing marriage, but they are also so overly generous people actually want to be on them,” added Grothman. “Grocery workers tell me everywhere I go how frustrated they are to check out expensive food items that are paid for with food stamps, on top of all the junk food.”
Grothman pledged to introduce legislation in Congress to limit federal dollars for food stamps to only nutritional staples, and to free up federal regulations to allow states flexibility to be more restrictive on the various federal welfare programs they administer. Grothman also vowed to eliminate the tax credits for building low-income housing other than for senior housing.
“It’s time that we pass these common-sense reforms to welfare, and these will be some of the first bills I author in Congress,” said Grothman.
Grothman is a Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. He currently represents the 20th Senate District in the Wisconsin State Senate. The 6th Congressional District includes the counties of Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Dodge, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette, Columbia, Waushara, and Milwaukee. Click here to view a map of the 6th Congressional District.