New charts from Senate Budget Committee Member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) show the dramatic rise in food stamp enrollments and welfare spending.
Over the last decade, thirty million more individuals have signed up for food stamps.
U.S. welfare spending last year was enough to send each household living under the poverty line a check for $60,000.
“No longer can we measure compassion by how much money we spend on poverty but how many people we help to rise out of poverty,” said Sessions. “That is why compassion requires us to reform a broken welfare state that is fostering dependency, hurting families and communities, and failing in the most important goal of helping people achieve self-sufficiency. Welfare spending has increased thirty percent in the last four years, but poverty has gone up, not down.”