Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after the House Ways and Means Committee markup of H.J. Res. 118, "Providing for Congressional Disapproval of the Administration's July 12, 2012 Waiver of Welfare Work Requirements" earlier today:
"The best way out of poverty is to have and maintain a job. Many Americans across the nation believing those with the ability to work should to receive federal benefits. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced states may waive the welfare work requirement by changing the definition of "work' under current law.
"Before Congress passed welfare reform, states counted activities such as bed rest, journaling, and motivational reading as work according to the Government Accountability Office. The HHS decision weakens the minimum requirements that people work in exchange for federal benefits. Yet again, we see another example of President Obama overreaching his constitutional authorities for political gain."