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President Obama to Drop Welfare-to-Work Requirement


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In 1996, Congress passed and President Clinton signed a welfare reform law which included work requirements for welfare recipients. Recently, President Obama announced that he wants to drop this work requirement. I am disappointed, but not surprised, that President Obama wants to increase reliance on welfare and other government programs, rather than helping recipients get back to work.

Recently, I joined 75 of my House colleagues in sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing our concern that the Administration is seeking to waive mandatory work requirements for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, which have been in place since the 1996 law. At a time when we are running trillion-dollar deficits, welfare programs should incentivize participants to find a job, not keep them on welfare. I am committed to getting our country back on a sustainable path where economic growth, personal responsibility and freedom do not come from the federal government.

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