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Ryan proposes anti-poverty plan
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. Programs that would be merged include food stamps, cash welfare, housing subsidies, and heating aid for the poor, among others. The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice presidential nominee is a respected voice within his party.