July 21, 2012

House and Senate Republicans Unveil Legislation Prohibiting Obama Administration From Unilaterally Weakening Welfare Work Requirements

On Wednesday, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan), Education & Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minnesota), Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced legislation, the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act, that would prohibit the Obama Administration from unilaterally granting itself the authority to exempt states from the work requirements that were a critical element of welfare reform enacted in 1996 – potentially opening the door for activities like bed rest, smoking cessation and exercise to be counted as work for the purposes of complying with federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) requirements.
“The Obama Administration has once again overstepped its bounds, this time to the detriment of those struggling most under their failed economic policies.  The Administration’s unprecedented efforts to undo welfare reforms that resulted in higher earnings and employment for low-income Americans cannot be allowed to stand,” said Camp... (READ MORE)


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Who Will Most Likely Win Romney Veepstakes?

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is getting very close to naming a running mate. The decision could come in the next few days or weeks.

All that's known at this point is that Romney wants someone who could serve as president from day one.

"I can assure you that even though I have not chosen the person who will be my vice president, that person will be a conservative," Romney said. "They will believe in conservative principles"... (READ MORE)


Data Shows Welfare Reform Has Been Overwhelmingly Successful

Last week, the Obama Administration took action to dismantle the work requirement that was central to the success of the bipartisan 1996 welfare reforms. 

As the data below shows, that action will undo policies that have led to more work and earnings and less welfare dependence and poverty among low-income Americans. 

Since the work-based 1996 welfare reforms were enacted... (READ MORE)


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