House Speaker Paul Ryan is proposing the first of several policy plans aimed at uniting Republicans fractured by a contentious election and Donald Trump’s personality-driven politics.
Ryan’s first proposal would overhaul the nation’s poverty programs, suggesting changes to welfare, food and housing aid. Most of Ryan’s proposals wouldn’t be enacted under President Barack Obama, but the idea is to set the stage for the future if a Republican should become president.
Ryan says Republicans need to better define what they are for, not just what they are against. In a video posted Friday, he made an appeal to frustrated Republican voters who are supporting Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee, saying they should channel anger into action.
Trump himself has said little about what he would do with poverty programs.