Sunday, February 24, 2013

Marriage, Antipoverty Measure Gets Committee Approval

OKLAHOMA CAPITOL – A measure drafted to fight poverty and promote marriage in Oklahoma overwhelmingly passed out of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee Wednesday.

House Bill 1908, authored by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, will use funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to create a statewide public service campaign promoting marriage as a tool to fight poverty and decrease the likelihood of child poverty.

According to the Heritage Foundation, marriage reduces the chances of child poverty by 80 percent. This is an important statistic, as the country has spent over $16 trillion in taxpayers’ money on poverty-related programs since the 1960s “War on Poverty” started. Today, 80 different welfare programs spend almost $1 trillion annually on poverty-related issues.

“The connection between poverty and the breakdown of the American family cannot be denied,” said Speaker Shannon, R-Lawton. “For thousands of years, the institution of marriage has been a key cornerstone to a civilized society. In recent decades, I believe we’ve lost sight on just how important it is to keep a married couple together – especially if they have children. A stable, safe and comfortable home environment fostered by a loving, solid marriage will give our children a better chance to succeed at life when they become adults.”

HB 1908 now advances to the House Calendar Committee.

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