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Southerland Applauds Passage of Welfare Work Protections


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II applauded House approval today of legislation he and three House Republican colleagues introduced to prevent the Obama administration from waiving work requirements for Americans receiving government assistance. The Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act (H.R. 890) passed the House by bipartisan 246-181 margin and now awaits action in the Senate.

"Today's bipartisan vote in the House reflects the will of the 83-percent of Americans who believe that work must come in return for welfare benefits. These work requirements, which are a hallmark of the historic 1996 welfare reform law, have helped reduce participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program by more than half. The President's decision to upend this bipartisan success story will make it that much harder for those struggling in poverty to reach upward with a strengthened sense of self reliance. It's now up to the Senate to put partisanship aside, pass this bill and help more Americans achieve earned success."

Southerland was joined in introducing the welfare work requirement bill by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), and Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-LA).

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