Hatch Grandstanding on Welfare Waiver


By:  Scott Howell
Date: Sept. 13, 2012
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

In a statement today, U.S. Senate Candidate Scott Howell called on Orrin Hatch to stop playing politics with a state's rights issue and allow Gov. Gary Herbert to follow through with a federal waiver request.

"Gov. Herbert took a responsible approach to putting more Utahns back to work by requesting a federal waiver from the federal government," said Howell. "Utah can do a better job than Washington D.C. when it comes to implementing our state welfare. Orrin Hatch should be encouraging Health and Human Services to act on increased waiver authority for the welfare program."

He continued, "The Governor is serving the needs of Utahns who rely on this program. His actions will free the state from burdensome federal regulations that divert caseworkers from helping Utahns in need. Orrin Hatch is abandoning them to ego and institutional hubris. At a time when Utah is trying to lead by being one of just five states requesting waivers, Orrin Hatch is discouraging the Governor from leading on this issue."

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), has established work requirements and time-limited benefits for recipients. Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services encouraged states to consider new ways to meet the goals of TANF, by helping parents successfully find and retain employment. As part of that, HHS began issuing waivers to states regarding worker participation targets.

"As the former minority leader in the Utah Senate, I understand the line between federal overreach and states rights, something that Orrin Hatch has never understood. As a 36-year career politician, Orrin Hatch is engaging in more Washington D.C. obstructionism. This is just one more example of Sen. Hatch being out of touch with Utah values and his lack of experience in state government. Rather than facilitating a move to allow state governments more autonomy, Orrin Hatch continues to play politics."

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