Today Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted in favor of H.R. 890, the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013. The bill would prevent the Administration from removing welfare work requirements and preserve critical reforms that have successfully lifted families out of poverty. The bill would also extend the authorization of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF program) through December 31, 2013. H.R. 890 passed the House, 246-181.
"America's most vulnerable citizens should be provided temporary assistance as they get back on their feet," said Hall. "However, on July 12, 2012, President Obama's Administration issued a "guidance' suggesting States waive work requirements for welfare recipients. The elimination of work requirements would hurt many needy families and individuals by trapping them in a cycle of government dependency. In addition to weakening efforts to assist needy families, this policy would increase welfare spending by $61 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)."
"On September 20, 2012, House Republicans passed H.J.Res 118, a bill that rejected the Administration's plan," Hall continued. "Unfortunately, the Senate did not vote on the bill. That is why House Republicans are again taking the lead on this important issue by passing H.R. 890."
"Americans need jobs and paychecks, not welfare and government checks. Rather than expand the welfare program and encourage more government dependency, Washington must protect successful welfare reforms and focus on job creation. I will continue to fight for legislation that encourages opportunities for all Americans to prosper."