"The GOP has never really given up on Mitt Romney’s attack on the 47 percent. Republicans in Congress are not waging a war on poverty, but rather a prolonged war against programs that help children from poor families, the working class and the vulnerable elderly," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said.
"I hope this time is different, but I fear it won’t be — this one-sided report was put together without any effort to reach across the aisle," Van Hollen said.
It offers strong praise for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which ensures that most low-income families receive a tax refund.
“The consensus among studies on the EITC is that it is an effective tool for encouraging and rewarding work among lower-income individuals, particularly single mothers,” the report states.
The Ryan report is critical of Head Start and Pell Grants, two politically popular programs.
“The Head Start program is failing to prepare children for school, but research on early education in general has had mixed results,” it finds.
The report offers evidence that federal Pell Grants to college students are helping to contribute to massive inflation in tuition.
The discussion on Medicaid is the most nuanced in the report. It offers evidence that the healthcare program for the poor crowds out private insurance participation, discourages work, contributes to rising healthcare costs and might worsen health in many cases.
— This story was last updated at 1:12 p.m.