Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan

House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan talks to reporters as he walks on the U.S. Capitol building in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new block grants for states and communities. Ryan, his party’s vice presidential candidate in 2012, is best known for his budget blueprints marked by deep domestic spending cuts. This time, the chairman of the House Budget Committee will unveil his plan to keep social safety net funding at the same levels but change the way it is used in a speech on Thursday to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington.

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