U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today announced his support for a resolution that would maintain the bipartisan welfare work requirements from the historic welfare reform passed during the Clinton administration. The Obama administration is seeking to waive work requirements.
Analysis from the Government Accountability Office has determined that the administration's efforts to undo the nearly 20-year old policy must be subject to Congressional review. Sen. Toomey joins Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in sponsoring the resolution that would halt the administration's attempts.
"The work requirement is one of the most fundamental elements of the historic, bipartisan welfare reform of the 1990s," said Sen. Toomey. "When times are tough, families need a safety net. But it's the income, security and confidence of a job that truly allows parents, caretakers and guardians to keep their spirits up in tough economic times and to ultimately return to economic stability."
The resolution, S.J. Res. 50, expresses disapproval of the Department of Health and Human Services rule to allow state waivers of the federal requirement that welfare recipients engage in work or work related activities. If passed, the resolution would maintain these requirements.