- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee took to the House floor on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s war on poverty, mentioning that she believes the term “welfare” should be re-imagined.

The Texas Democrat praised Medicaid and Medicare as “huge safety nets — not handouts, but safety nets,” CNS News first reported.

“Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, ‘a transitional living fund.’ For that is what it is — for people to be able to live,” she said.

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“Quite frankly, of all the wealthy nations, we have the lowest safety net and the highest poverty, because we’re not willing to accept the fact that sometimes an American needs help. Even a veteran — even a soldier,” she said. “So today, I honor the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Mr. Speaker, and I ask us not to give up the fight because the American people are looking to us to win the war.”

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