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Speaker’s bills move to consideration by House

Bills by Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon made it out of their committees this week, moving them closer to consideration by the full House.

House Bill 1908 would use funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 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, and supporters call that an important statistic because 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 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‚Äôve 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.”

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