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Smith Supports Legislation to Block Waivers for Welfare Work Requirements

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) issued the following statement today after a markup of H.J.Res. 118 by the House Committee on Ways and Means:

"The work requirement is the foundation of successful bipartisan welfare reforms passed in the 1990s. Waiving the work requirement would undermine the intent of Congress, and may lead to increased levels of unemployment and unnecessary dependency on government assistance. The resolution passed by the committee today would protect the progress made in the past, and help families in need move from welfare to work."

In July, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a memorandum to states announcing the Obama Administration will grant waivers of work requirements for the first time since the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was created in 1996.

H.J.Res. 118 expresses disapproval of the Obama Administration's regulatory effort to weaken welfare reform; prevents the Administration from implementing waivers for the work requirements of the 1996 welfare reform law; and preserves critical welfare programs to help millions of Americans find and maintain jobs.

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