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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 … More

    Obama Guts Welfare Reform

    Today, the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that were the foundation of the reform law. The Obama directive bludgeons the letter and intent of the actual reform … More

    Loophole Guts TANF Work Requirements

    Last week, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing addressing an obscure regulatory loophole, known as “excess MOE,” that is gutting the work requirement of the 1996 welfare reforms. Most states are taking advantage of this loophole, which allows them to get credit for moving … More

    Reforming the Fastest Growing Government Welfare Program

    The House of Representatives is poised to pass a budget reconciliation measure that would tackle increased spending in the food stamps program (or, as it’s currently known, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program). It would do this by eliminating “categorical eligibility” in the program, which ignores income and asset limitations in … More

    A Conservative Guide for Good Governance

    Legislators at all levels face a challenge in making sure that their legislation and policies represent good governance which utilizes reason, common sense and first principles.  Some common sense goals of politicians should be to limit the control of the government over individuals, allow flexibility for bureaucrats to meet measurable … More

    House Bill Would Give States $2.5 Billion to Increase Welfare Rolls

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is attempting this week to schedule a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a measure that would extend expiring tax breaks. But the “American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010” (H.R. 4213) would shut the door on the important success of welfare … More

    Voters on YouCut Vote to Eliminate Program that Expands the Welfare State

    Last week, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) launched an innovative new tool in the fight to cut spending called YouCut.  It allows regular American citizens to vote to cut wasteful spending in Congress. Its purpose is to challenge the culture of spending that has dominated Congressional thinking and replace … More

    Jobs Bill Actually Expands the Welfare State

    Today the U.S. House of Representatives will take up a new “jobs” bill, HR4849, that includes a $2.5 billion provision to expand the size of welfare rolls and pay states when they add people to their caseloads. The Senate defeated a similar amendment by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) earlier this … More

    Obama Admin on Welfare: "Who's to Say What is Enough?"

    Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support held a hearing on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and its role in providing assistance to struggling families. The Obama Administration’s witness, Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, … More

    Murray Amendment Defeat Spells Small Hope for Welfare Reform

    Yesterday the Senate beat back an amendment offered by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to the tax extenders bill that would have continued for another six months a policy aimed at undoing welfare reform. The policy was originally created as part of last year’s infamous Stimulus package in the form of … More