Does United States spend nearly a trillion dollars every single year on anti-poverty programs?

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A November 2015 press release from House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) detailed that taxpayers provide $1 trillion per year in help for low-income Americans from federal and state coffers. The press release included the following dizzying diagram:

Most people will overlook the details, but how accurate is this chart? Are all of these programs focused on low-income Americans? Are there better ways to allocate this revenue? Over the coming weeks, we'll examine these questions, as well as tabulate these programs into a spreadsheet to get a better picture of where this money is being spent.

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