Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting for H.R. 890, the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act, today. The bill prohibits the Obama administration from waiving the essential and original work requirements and extends the TANF block grant program, which gives benefits to low-income families with children.
"Americans understand that welfare work requirements were a positive bipartisan addition in 1996 to the welfare reform law signed by President Clinton," said King. "Today I voted to prevent the Obama Administration from removing these accountability measures and to preserve these programs that do so much good for many families. The Obama Administration continually puts dependency on the government dime above what is best for individuals and our nation. Being held responsible for government assistance should not be a partisan issue."