A Nebraska Congressman has been tabbed to chair a subcommittee overseeing anti-poverty programs.
Congressman Adrian Smith has been named chair of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Resources with jurisdiction over federal anti-poverty, welfare, and social programs.
“I think it’s fair to say that a lot of the programs have not been very effective at reducing poverty,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Smith says he hopes to take a fresh approach to anti-poverty and welfare programs. He says work needs to be rewarded and Congress must have the resources available for those who truly need it.
“And I think working through and sifting through all of this is a healthy exercise that hopefully will lead to more efficient spending and more prudent spending overall,” Smith says.
The subcommittee also oversees foster care and adoption programs.
Smith says even with his new responsibilities he will work on Ways and Means to open new markets for Nebraska agricultural producers as well as work toward tax reform and health care reforms.
Smith has served on the powerful Ways and Means Committee for six years.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]