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Obama expands government's failed anti-poverty efforts

Obama expands government's failed anti-poverty efforts

By Noam N. Levey for LA Times

President Obama is entering his final year in office having quietly secured significant expansions to the federal government safety net in the face of Republican majorities in Congress and increasingly insistent calls from GOPpresidential candidates to rein in “free stuff.”

The latest expansions came in the $1.8-trillion budget deal that Congress approved this month, which made permanent hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for low- and moderate-income families -- measures enacted on a temporary basis in Obama’s first year.

The legislation, which gained support from majorities of Democrats and Republicans, also boosted federal aid for low- and middle-income college students, through increased grants and tax breaks.

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