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  • Obama Administration Already Tossed the Food Stamp Work Requirement

    The Obama Administration sure is getting defensive about its recent action to waive all work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program. But this isn’t the first time or the first program in which Obama Administration policy has undermined work requirements.

    The welfare reform of 1996 requires that after three months on food stamps, recipients be engaged in some kind of work activity for at least 20 hours a week. Tucked away in the mammoth 2009 so-called “stimulus” spending bill was the suspension of this requirement for able-bodied adults with no children. The suspension expired on September 30, 2010. His next two budgets then requested that the suspension be extended each year. However, he did not wait for Congress to act on these requests; instead his Department of Agriculture issued waivers to 44 states and the District of Columbia freeing them from implementing the food stamp work requirement.

    What has been the result?

    The number of able-bodied adults without children on food stamps has doubled, increasing from 1.7 million people in 2009 to 3.9 million in 2010 and costing taxpayers an extra $4 billion per year.

    It’s not surprising, then, that the work requirements in the TANF program are now on the chopping block. As my colleague Robert Rector points out, liberals have a long history of opposing work requirements in welfare.

    The sad outcome of the Obama Administration’s action is that millions of families on welfare will no longer be engaged in job preparation activities to help them enter the workforce and become self-sufficient. Instead, the days that welfare reform was supposed to put behind us—of cutting welfare checks to poor families and forgetting about them—are back. The future for these needy families just got bleaker.

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    19 Responses to Obama Administration Already Tossed the Food Stamp Work Requirement

    1. It's sad when this president runs roughshod over Congress and they do nothing.

    2. Bobbie says:

      Destroying the dignity of humanity. Hopefully humanity has the dignity obama can't destroy with his unconstitutional, belittling giveaways. People get free food debit cards without the responsibility to feed their children as their children get free breakfast, lunch and dinner all year round. Commercials advertise kids going to bed hungry getting to the fridge and "there's nothing there." "there's never anything there." Where's the money from their food debit card going? Another commercial kids at school are saying "I'll wash the boards" I'll sweep the floor," I'll clean the windows." … for food. Why are people reducing themselves, children and America to this?

      Can't motivate personal dignity when you have none yourself and deter personal qualities through unconstitutional acts.

      • Diana Harrell says:

        I believe it is part of his plan to weaken America to the point that we can not defend ourselves, I'm glad I won't be alive to see the completed downfall of my country.

    3. lyn jones says:

      The work requirements absolutely were not waived. What was waived is the restriction that ABAWDS (able bodied adults without children) are limited to 3 months of food stamps in every 3 year period. They are required to participate in the work program for the entire time they are on food stamps (unless they meet a State mandated exemption) or they will be sanctioned and loose their benefits until they do actively participate.

      I get that the focus of this site is all things anti-Obama, and I'm ok with that, but I believe you should be obligated to report the truth.

      • Bobbie says:

        no! it's all things intrusive, discriminating, controlling by government force conflicting with what is America, spending America's money in use to conflict! Leadership in this country is at it's poorest intentionally.

      • Stirling says:

        Page 13, 14 of the doccument clealy state they were waived. As for obligation to report the truth, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN have lost that ever since this administration was elected.. for you to get your info from those sources should be suspect..

      • Bobbie says:

        you should be obligated to grasp the truth and all that make it the truth.

      • Bobbie says:

        when restrictions are waived access is influenced, corruption evolves, sense is non. ABAWDs shouldn't have EVER gotten a hand out (how low can people go?) and can use their minds ability to get help through families or charities that motivate ABAWDs to provide for their able bodied selves. The government isn't suppose to show their teats to people as if the only resource!! It shouldn't be a resource at all!!!!!

    4. Stephanie says:

      This blog is flat out erroneous… this text conflates food stamps (since 2008 SNAP) and TANF. They are NOT the same program. TANF has work requirements, SNAP does not. TANF's work requirements were not entirely waived – the new guidelines give states, including Republican-led ones, the ability to reduce paperwork and try new strategies to get people back to work. This should appeal to the right side of the aisle – each state will have the ability to test strategies that work its own population. SNAP is not relevant to this discussion; it was HHS NOT Dept of Ag that issued the changes. If you're going to write something, please at least try to make it factual.

    5. Hope And Change says:

      I don't think most americans have a problem w/ the recipients obtaining benefits from the SNAP/TANF programs. If anything about these programs was "really" unwarranted, the public outcry would make this a front burner issue early in the congressional session – not coincidentally at election time. What bothers many people about this is that it smacks of vote baiting. For most americans, time is a presious commodity. And if the administration is willing to change the rules "under the radar" so to speak, and provide me with cash/food incentives while enabling me to "idly" enjoy my time – odds are, you got my vote…Hello? Even if he isn't doing that, then Obama's political timing sucks.

    6. Hope And Change says:

      On day one, Obama said "We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents." I just don't believe he means what he says. At election time I am willing to forgive the President if I sense they are trying to lead the people where the people want to go. People in a capitalistic society are obligated to work – it's our work ethic. The President has an obligation to keep America safe, not keeping Americans safe from work. And so, on day one Romney will say "I thank President Obama for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition."

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    8. luvscats says:

      It's hard to get the story straight on what the exact changes were from Obama's welfare reform. It seems like his reforms give states more leeway on how they will develop their own work requirements which can be a very good thing for that state ( it's what Gov. Romney says he'd like to do with Medicare I think). Giving able-bodied adults without children food stamps is foolish. What we found in Detroit was that these folks (general assistance recipients) went back to work when required, entered a drug rehab. program (since they were using their check at that time to buy drugs/alcohol instead and giving them a vocational assessment to recommend some jobs they showed aptitude, interest, and the academic skills for.

    9. Famously Independent says:

      You can't live on a food stamp allotment, so an "ABAWD" either gets a job or goes homeless. I don't any ABAWD who desire homelessness, so I don't see the point of a work requirement with food stamps.

    10. Frank Alaya says:

      Most of you people are selfish idiots. Enough said.

    11. TimothyA says:

      Lying about this, Kiki, does not do you any good and negates you as a future reference.

    12. Kim russell says:

      I think that people should depend more on themselves and less on the goverment. The state is not your piggy bank. Your only making yourself a statistic and not an individual. There are homeless,starving,people that deserve it more. People that are unable to really take care of themselves. People wake up, this country is already broke and those foodstamps come out of the working mans pocket

    13. Pete Green says:

      Following below in story

      "However, he did not wait for Congress to act on these requests; instead his Department of Agriculture issued waivers to 44 states and the District of Columbia freeing them from implementing the food stamp work requirement."

      This is part of "buying the election" and Sen. Reid helped by not reigning in the program on the Senate side. Future elections we need to forget about "party" votes and vote in the people that will do best for the country and the majority of the population. Both parties are "broken" and useless. U.S. Supreme Court is not much better as they are tied to the powers that gave them a lifetime job.

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