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Governor, Mayors and Pundits:


Greg Abbott on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor: Click here for Greg Abbott on other issues.
    No stance on record.
George P. Bush on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Texas Land Commissioner: Click here for George P. Bush on other issues.
    No stance on record.
David Dewhurst on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Lt. Governor: Click here for David Dewhurst on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kathie Glass on Welfare & Poverty
Libertarian candidate for Texas Governor: Click here for Kathie Glass on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Beto O`Rourke on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Pushed "El Paso renaissance": Walmart replaces poor housing. (Mar 2019)
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
Annise Parker on Welfare & Poverty
Mayor of Houston: Click here for Annise Parker on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mike Rawlings on Welfare & Poverty
Mayor of Dallas: Click here for Mike Rawlings on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Lupe Valdez on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic candidate for governor of Texas: Click here for Lupe Valdez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Andrew White on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic candidate for Texas Governor: Click here for Andrew White on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Senate:

TX 2020: 2020 TX Senate race


David Alameel on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Alameel on other issues.
  • I don't see upward mobility for the middle class. (May 2014)
  • I started out very very poor, and I don't forget it. (May 2014)
John Cornyn on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Jr Senator (TX): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for John Cornyn on other issues.
  • Hand-up for citizens, not merely a hand-out. (Oct 2014)
  • Supports work requirement for welfare recipients. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
Ted Cruz on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Texas Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Regulations like ObamaCare lead to layoffs of the poorest. (Feb 2016)
  • FactCheck: Yes, 3.7M women became impoverished since 2008. (Oct 2015)
  • If you really want to help needy, use private charities. (Jun 2015)
  • Government checks create dependency. (Aug 2012)
MJ Hegar on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger: Click here for MJ Hegar on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Sema Hernandez on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger: Click here for Sema Hernandez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Beto O`Rourke on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Pushed "El Paso renaissance": Walmart replaces poor housing. (Mar 2019)
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Emily Sanchez on Welfare & Poverty
Green Party Senate challenger: Click here for Emily Sanchez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Royce West on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Royce West on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Colin Allred on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 32): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Colin Allred on other issues.
  • Community organizations helped me rise from tough childhood. (Oct 2018)
Jodey Arrington on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 19): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jodey Arrington on other issues.
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Brian Babin on Welfare & Poverty
Republican House Member (District 36): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brian Babin on other issues.
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Joe Linus Barton on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-6): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Joe Linus Barton on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Kevin Brady on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-8): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Kevin Brady on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. (Jun 2016)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Michael Burgess on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-26): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Michael Burgess on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Quico Canseco on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 23): Click here for Quico Canseco on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Carter on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-31): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for John Carter on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
Joaquin Castro on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 20): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Joaquin Castro on other issues.
  • Job training & childcare subsidies for welfare recipients. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Jun 2013)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
Michael Cloud on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 27): Click here for Michael Cloud on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mike Conaway on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-11): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mike Conaway on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. (Jun 2016)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Dan Crenshaw on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 2): Click here for Dan Crenshaw on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Henry Cuellar on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-28): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Henry Cuellar on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
John Culberson on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-7): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for John Culberson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Lloyd Doggett on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-25): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Lloyd Doggett on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
Veronica Escobar on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 16): Click here for Veronica Escobar on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Blake Farenthold on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 27): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Blake Farenthold on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
Lizzie Pannill Fletcher on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 7): Click here for Lizzie Pannill Fletcher on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Flores on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 17): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Flores on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Pete Gallego on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 23): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Pete Gallego on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
Sylvia Garcia on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 29): Click here for Sylvia Garcia on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Louie Gohmert on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Louie Gohmert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Require photo ID when using food stamps. (Feb 2014)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Vicente Gonzalez on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 15): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Vicente Gonzalez on other issues.
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
Lance Gooden on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 5): Click here for Lance Gooden on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kay Granger on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-12): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Kay Granger on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Al Green on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-9): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Al Green on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Grants for faith-based groups to teach English. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
Gene Green on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-29): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Gene Green on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Grants for faith-based groups to teach English. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)
Jeb Hensarling on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jeb Hensarling on other issues.
  • Direct federal grants to persistently impoverished districts. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. (Jun 2016)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Ruben Hinojosa on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-15): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Ruben Hinojosa on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
Will Hurd on Welfare & Poverty
Republican House Member (District 23): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Will Hurd on other issues.
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Sheila Jackson Lee on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-18): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Sheila Jackson Lee on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Sponsored funding re-development of abandoned & foreclosed properties. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
Eddie Bernice Johnson on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-30): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Eddie Bernice Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Sponsored funding re-development of abandoned & foreclosed properties. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
Sam Johnson on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-3): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Sam Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Scott Keller on Welfare & Poverty
Independent Challenger (District 8): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Scott Keller on other issues.
  • Welfare is a very ineffective approach to solving poverty. (Apr 2013)
  • Favors allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Apr 2013)
  • We shouldn't NEED welfare; but let churches provide it. (Aug 2011)
Kenny Marchant on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-24): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Kenny Marchant on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Michael McCaul on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-10): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Michael McCaul on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. (Jun 2016)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
Randy Neugebauer on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-19): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Randy Neugebauer on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
Beto O`Rourke on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Pushed "El Paso renaissance": Walmart replaces poor housing. (Mar 2019)
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
Pete Olson on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 22): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Pete Olson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Ted Poe on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ted Poe on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Require photo ID when using food stamps. (Feb 2014)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
John Ratcliffe on Welfare & Poverty
Republican House Member (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for John Ratcliffe on other issues.
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Chip Roy on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 21): Click here for Chip Roy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Lamar Smith on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-21): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Lamar Smith on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. (Jun 2016)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Van Taylor on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 3): Click here for Van Taylor on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mac Thornberry on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-13): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Mac Thornberry on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. (Jun 2016)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Marc Veasey on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 33): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Marc Veasey on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored funding re-development of abandoned & foreclosed properties. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
Filemon Vela on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 34): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Filemon Vela on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (May 2013)
  • Rated Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
Randy Weber on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 14): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Randy Weber on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Require photo ID when using food stamps. (Feb 2014)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Roger Williams on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 25): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Roger Williams on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
Ron Wright on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 6): Click here for Ron Wright on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Former candidates & officeholders:


Julian Castro on Welfare & Poverty
Mayor of San Antonio; HUD Secretary: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Julian Castro on other issues.
  • Bring back LGBT non-discrimination policies for HUD housing. (Oct 2019)
  • Construction funding & rent subsidies for affordable housing. (Jul 2019)
  • ConnectHome: Support affordable housing. (Apr 2019)
  • Lower energy consumption in HUD-assisted housing. (Apr 2019)
  • Government can help needy families get back on their feet. (Mar 2019)
  • ConnectHome: make HUD the Department of Opportunity. (Jan 2017)
Rick Perry on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor (TX): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Democratic anti-poverty policies have failed black families. (Jul 2015)
  • Many homeless chose their lifestyle; take a hard approach. (Feb 2008)
  • Help Texans move off public assistance. (Jan 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
Chris Bell on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chris Bell on other issues.
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
Jon Roland on Welfare & Poverty
Libertarian Senate Challenger: Click here for Jon Roland on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steve Stockman on Welfare & Poverty
Republican challenger (Lost primary): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Steve Stockman on other issues.
  • 1990s: Homeless in Fort Worth's Water Gardens park. (Jan 2014)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Ralph Moody Hall on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-4): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ralph Moody Hall on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Tony Sanchez on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat 2000 Challenger: Click here for Tony Sanchez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steve Stockman on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (Senate run 2014) (District 36): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Steve Stockman on other issues.
  • 1990s: Homeless in Fort Worth's Water Gardens park. (Jan 2014)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Ken Bentsen on Welfare & Poverty
Former Dem.challenger (withdrew Jan. 2006), former U.S. Rep.: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Ken Bentsen on other issues.
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Jack Fields on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Former (1994-) (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jack Fields on other issues.
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Martin Frost on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 24): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Martin Frost on other issues.
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
Phil Gramm on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Phil Gramm on other issues.
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
Gene Kelly on Welfare & Poverty
Former Democratic Challenger (2006): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Gene Kelly on other issues.
  • Supports allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Sep 2000)
Ron Kirk on Welfare & Poverty
2002 Democratic Candidate: Click here for Ron Kirk on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Nicholas Lampson on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (Unseated 2008) (District 9): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Nicholas Lampson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Mary Ruwart on Welfare & Poverty
2000 Libertarian Challenger for Senate (TX): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mary Ruwart on other issues.
  • Supports allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Sep 2000)
Max Sandlin on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Max Sandlin on other issues.
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Former (2006-2007) (District 22): Click here for Shelley Sekula-Gibbs on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Turner on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jim Turner on other issues.
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Bill Archer on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 7): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Archer on other issues.
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Dick Armey on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 26): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Dick Armey on other issues.
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Chris Bell on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 25): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chris Bell on other issues.
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
Ken Bentsen on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 25): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Ken Bentsen on other issues.
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Henry Bonilla on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 23): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Henry Bonilla on other issues.
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Ronald Coleman on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (1982-1996) (District 16): Click here for Ronald Coleman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Larry Combest on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 19): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Larry Combest on other issues.
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Prof. Tom Davis on Welfare & Poverty
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Prof. Tom Davis on other issues.
  • Churches can provide welfare, but not funded by state. (Aug 2008)
Tom DeLay on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 22): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tom DeLay on other issues.
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Chet Edwards on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-17): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Chet Edwards on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Charles Gonzalez on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Charles Gonzalez on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
Darrel Hunter on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for Darrel Hunter on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Scott Jameson on Welfare & Poverty
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Scott Jameson on other issues.
  • Allow churches to provide welfare services. (Aug 2008)
  • Abolish all federal welfare programs. (Aug 2006)
Elizabeth Ames Jones on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Challenger (2012): Click here for Elizabeth Ames Jones on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tom Leppert on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Challenger (2012): Click here for Tom Leppert on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rick Noriega on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for Rick Noriega on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Solomon Ortiz on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-27): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Solomon Ortiz on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Ron Paul on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-14); previously Libertarian for President: Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Ron Paul on other issues.
  • Where do Ron and Rand Paul disagree on economic issues? (Jan 2015)
  • Entitlements are not rights; only big guys get entitlements. (Jan 2012)
  • Churches used to take care of ill without insurance. (Sep 2011)
  • Welfare state isn't in the Constitution. (Sep 2011)
  • 2002: Warned that housing market was broken. (Oct 2010)
  • Moral hazard permeates a welfare state. (Sep 2010)
  • Bush’s faith-based initiative is “a neocon project”. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)
Barbara Radnofsky on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Barbara Radnofsky on other issues.
  • Supports flexible state block grants & workfare. (Aug 2006)
Ciro Rodriguez on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-23): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ciro Rodriguez on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Charles Stenholm on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Charles Stenholm on other issues.
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
David Dewhurst on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Challenger: Click here for David Dewhurst on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Pat Fallon on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 4): Click here for Pat Fallon on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tony Gonzales on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 23): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tony Gonzales on other issues.
Kay Bailey Hutchison on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Sr Senator (TX): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Kay Bailey Hutchison on other issues.
  • Secured $3M federal funds for poverty in Rio Grande Valley. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
Ronny Jackson on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ronny Jackson on other issues.
Troy Nehls on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 22): Click here for Troy Nehls on other issues.
    No stance on record.
August Pfluger on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 11): Click here for August Pfluger on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Silvestre Reyes on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TX-16): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Silvestre Reyes on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Paul Sadler on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Paul Sadler on other issues.
  • Church-based welfare needs no government permission. (Apr 2012)
Pete Sessions on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TX-32): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Pete Sessions on other issues.
  • Eliminate programs with no work requirement for individuals. (Oct 2020)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. (Jun 2016)
  • Strongly anti-reparations, according to AFA survey. (Sep 2020)
Beth Van Duyne on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 24): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Beth Van Duyne on other issues.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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