Work, Not Dependence, is the Path to Dignity and Self-Respect

Statement

By:  Paul Ryan
Date: Sept. 20, 2012
Location: Unknown

President Obama recently took steps to undermine one of the most successful bipartisan reforms of government of the last 100 years.

By gutting the work requirements in the landmark 1996 welfare reform act, he has shown himself to be outside of the mainstream of American politics.

Most Americans understand that work, not dependence on government, is the path to dignity and self-respect that welfare recipients deserve.

President Obama's actions suggest he believes otherwise.

I am proud to have cast a vote in favor of ensuring that work remains an inviolable part of welfare.