Minnesota Congressman John Kline issued the following statement today after the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013 (H.R. 890), bipartisan legislation that will prevent the Obama administration from waiving the work requirements at the heart of the 1996 welfare reform law, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, the legislation included extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program through Dec. 31, 2013:
"Bipartisan welfare reform helped end dependency, reduce poverty, and strengthen the income security of millions of families. Ignoring the heart of the law will unwind years of progress in moving families from welfare to work. H.R. 890 will block the administration's reckless attempt to turn back the clock on welfare reform and protect policies that have helped lift families out of poverty. I urge the Senate to approve this critical legislation without delay."