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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

    Gingrich Blasts 'Radical' Obama's Drive to Illegally Gut Welfare Reform

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was instrumental in passing welfare reform in the 1990s, blasted President Obama’s attempt to gut the law in a conference call on Wednesday. “Hard-core liberals like Barack Obama were deeply opposed to the bill,” Gingrich said, referring to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Denies Gutting Welfare Reform

    The Obama Administration came out swinging against its critics on welfare reform yesterday, with Press Secretary Jay Carney saying the charge that the Administration gutted the successful 1996 reform’s work requirements is “categorically false” and “blatantly dishonest.” Even former President Bill Clinton, who signed the reform into law, came out … More

    Welfare Work Requirements Respect Human Dignity

    The Obama Administration has effectively gutted the work requirements of the bipartisan welfare reforms of 1996. In doing so, it is trampling on the central policy that made welfare reform work. The lesson for policymakers from those reforms was that good principles, good policy, and good results go hand in … More

    How Welfare's Work Requirements Make a Difference in Lives

    On July 12, the Obama Administration issued a directive to gut welfare reform of its work requirements. But those who work closely with individuals in need understand the critical principles of personal responsibility and self-reliance. Rachel Morrison, founder of a remarkably effective Washington, D.C.–based prison re-entry program titled EFFORTS (Employment … More

    Even More Bad News on Obama HHS Gutting Welfare Reform

    The Obama Administration has created a firestorm by claiming the authority to waive the work requirements of the popular 1996 welfare reform law. But the damage doesn’t stop there. The same July 12 guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that HHS will not approve policy … More

    Nearly All Americans Favor Welfare Work Requirements

    The vast majority of Americans favor work requirements for welfare recipients, a new Rasmussen survey reveals. According to the survey data, released last Wednesday, “83% of American Adults favor a work requirement as a condition for receiving welfare assistance. Just seven percent (7%) oppose such a requirement, while 10% are … More

    Obama Supported Work Requirements Before He Was Against Them (VIDEO)

    During his run for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama praised the work requirements that were the centerpiece of welfare reform — the very requirements his administration just gutted. During a discussion with pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church, Obama declared: “[O]ne of the things that I am absolutely convinced … More

    Obama Administration Rebuffs Congressional Inquiry on Legality of Gutting Welfare Reform

    Two Members of Congress demanded an official explanation from Obama’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) for its gutting of welfare work requirements—and HHS responded by saying (in many more words), “Well, years ago, some Republicans tried to do this.” Except they didn’t. Not only did Secretary Kathleen Sebelius completely … More

    Family Fact of the Week: How Welfare Reform Helped Families

    The best anti-poverty program is a job. That was the mantra of the 1996 welfare reform, which changed the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, for the first time requiring able-bodied welfare recipients to work or prepare for work in … More