Earlier this summer, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an "information memorandum" saying they would accept and approve applications from States seeking to waive the work requirement that has been central to the success of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program since the late 1990's. These actions are a blatant attempt by the Obama Administration to circumvent the law and roll back critical features of welfare reform.
On Thursday, the House passed a resolution that would block the administration from implementing its controversial waiver scheme. The resolution expresses the disapproval of the Obama Administration's regulatory effort to weaken welfare reform. It would prevent the administration from implementing its plan to waive the work requirements of the 1996 welfare reform law. We must follow a path that moves people toward independence, as opposed to making it easier for them to become more dependent on taxpayer funded handouts. With poverty levels increasing we must preserve the critical reforms that have helped lift millions of American families out of poverty.