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DeLauro Statement on Election-Year, Partisan Welfare Resolution


Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) spoke before the House of Representatives today, denouncing a partisan resolution brought forth by the Republican Majority. The Republican resolution would overturn the Obama Administration's proposal to provide states with flexibility to get more Americans working. House Republicans have chosen to bring up this resolution instead of the President's jobs package, middle class tax cuts, or a deal to address looming across-the-board budget cuts.

Her remarks are as prepared for delivery:

"I rise in opposition to this political resolution that aims to wrongly characterize the administration's position on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. This is a waste of our time.

"The purpose of the Administration's waiver proposal is to allow states to test alternative and innovative strategies that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families. As the Department of Health and Human Services has said repeatedly, waivers will only be approved if a state can prove that there is an effective transition from welfare to work -- that they are putting more people to work.

"Is the Majority now against putting people to work? Or are they against states' rights? If so, they may want to tell their Presidential candidate. In 2005, Mitt Romney and 28 other Republican governors wrote a letter requesting more "flexibility to manage their TANF programs" and "increased waiver authority." This is exactly what the administration's waiver proposal does.

"For two years now, instead of working with us to create jobs and get the economy moving again, this Majority has continually put forward politically motivated resolutions. The American people expect better leadership from us. I urge my colleagues to oppose this resolution."

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