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Blocking the Obama Administration's Welfare Work Waivers, H.J.Res. 118


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I was a cosponsor of this resolution which expresses Congress's disapproval of the Obama Administration's regulatory effort to waive the work requirements of the 1996 welfare reform law, holds the administration accountable, and preserves critical reforms that have helped lift millions of American families out of poverty.

In America, we've always believed that work is a good thing, and that earned success -- creating value in your life and in the lives of others -- is something that makes us exceptional. An unlimited welfare system is destructive to those ideals and to our dignity as human beings, and the 1996 welfare reform law rightly acknowledged this. The administration is taking a major step backwards by offering waivers of the work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients -- something they don't even have the legal authority to do -- and we simply can't allow that to happen.

For more information on the President's attempt to weaken welfare work requirements, click here, and for video of my remarks at our committee's markup of this resolution, click here.

Passed: 250-164
I voted Yea.

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