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Kline Urges Support for Bipartisan Welfare Reforms, Opposition to Unlawful Waiver Scheme


Location: Washington, DC

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering legislation to block the Obama administration's attempt to waive the work requirements of the bipartisan welfare reform law. While leading debate on the House floor, Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) urged his colleagues to preserve successful welfare reforms and reject the president's executive overreach by supporting H.J.Res. 118.

"If the president has ideas for enhancing flexibility in welfare policies he must submit those proposals to Congress and work with us to change the law," said Rep. Kline. "He has not done that. Instead, he has chosen to adopt a controversial waiver scheme that rewrites the law through executive fiat. The good news is we have an opportunity today to tell the president, 'Stop.'"

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