WASHINGTON DC - Despite the Obama Administration's costly job stimulus plans, over the past four years, welfare spending jumped 32%, the Congressional Research Service reported Thursday. Federal spending on more than 80 low-income assistance programs reached $746 billion in 2011, and state spending on those programs brought the total to $1.03 trillion.
The biggest federal welfare expense was Medicaid, which rose from $82 billion in 2008 to $296 billion in 2011. The next biggest item was food stamps, which hit an historical high of $75 billion in 2011, nearly doubling since 2008.
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