Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 890, the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013. This bill extends the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program through December 2013 and overturns President Obama's efforts to waive welfare work requirements:
"Today, the House took an important step to preserve and strengthen our nation's welfare program. The bipartisan work requirements put in place in 1996 have been critical to helping transform welfare from a program that encouraged dependency to one that helps low income parents become self-sufficient. These successful reforms decreased the number of people receiving welfare and empowered Americans to enter the workforce, often for the first time. This approach has generated improved earnings and lowered child poverty, proving more successful than earlier, failed approaches that do not emphasize actual employment. It is baffling why the President wants to undermine this important reform by allowing states to let low income families languish on benefit rolls rather than gain valuable work experience.
"I want to thank Chairman Dave Camp, Chairman John Kline, Chairman Steve Scalise and Representative Steve Southerland for sponsoring this important measure. I hope the Senate will swiftly take up this bill and send it to the President so we can help more families achieve the American dream and ensure this safety net will be there for those who need it most."