Rep. Steve Scalise: Welfare Reform at Top of GOP's To-Do List

By Susan Jones | January 2, 2018 | 9:58 AM EST

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) (Photo: Screen grab/"Fox & Friends")

( - "There's a lot that we're going to be doing in 2018, and it starts where we left off," Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Majority Whip, told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday.

He put welfare reform at the top of the list, noting that as the economy takes off, "the next big thing you're going to see is a need for workers."

"And I think the best thing we can do is to go and reform those welfare programs that are trapping people in a failed welfare state. Let's actually put some work requirements in place so that we can get people back to work, rebuild the middle class.


"Then we're going to have to work on health care again."

Scalise also called for a balanced federal budget.

Earlier on "Fox & Friends," Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway also mentioned welfare reform among the Republican priorities for 2018, saying President Trump values "the dignity of work."

"This is a president that's invested in all types of careers and is trying to tell Americans that we dignify every type of work."

Conway noted that not everyone is cut out for college, "and that's fine," she said. "We want folks to be able to graduate from high school, community college with a skill and get to work."

She mentioned apprenticeship and jobs-training programs as pathways to employment.

Conway also listed the budget and infrastructure improvements as domestic priorities for the president.

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