One of the lingering tragedies of the Great Recession is the number of people who rely on government assistance for basic needs on a long-term basis.  While we need to have a temporary safety net for those in times of trouble, we want to take care that the safety net doesn’t become a dependency trap.

Patrick voted for major reforms of food stamp programs, requiring able-bodied adults with no dependents to work in order to receive food stamps.  He supports programs that get Americans off welfare and back to work.  He believes every American should have the opportunity to get an education, have a good-paying job, raise a family and prosper.