Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. J. Res. 118, disapproving of the Obama Administration's waiver of work requirements for welfare, earlier today:
"Most Americans believe it is common sense that those who have the ability to work should do so in order to receive welfare benefits. However, the Obama Administration demonstrated yet again it is out of touch with the American people by waiving the federal welfare work requirement earlier this year.
"Congress decided this issue in 1996 with landmark Welfare Reform legislation excluding activities such as bed rest, journaling and motivational reading as "work.' We do not need the Administration yet again making an end-run around Congress with this waiver setting federal welfare policy. I applaud the passage of this resolution reinforcing the right of Congress to write laws and set policy, and I will continue to fight in every way possible to restore common sense to Washington."