For the last 16 years, the 1996 welfare reform law has successfully helped families and individuals get out of poverty and become self sufficient. Since then, the number of individuals receiving government assistance has dropped by 57 percent. However, in July the Obama Administration circumvented the law by deciding to allow states to seek a waiver from the work requirements implemented by the welfare reform law. This week, in response to the Administration's changes, I co-sponsored and voted for H.J Res 118, a joint resolution to block the Obama's Administration's decision.
On Thursday, I had the opportunity at an Oversight and Government Reform hearing to ask questions to of the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG), Michael Horowitz, on his recently released report regarding Operation Fast and Furious. While I was heartened to learn that the IG's report confirms our committee's findings of widespread leadership failures at the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, I remain troubled that those responsible have not been fully held accountable. I will continue to conduct oversight on this matter and work with the IG to ensure that the culture of unaccountability at this agency comes to an end.
Later in the week, I voted in favor of H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act, a legislative package designed to stop costly regulations which threaten jobs and affordable electricity.