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    House Votes to Reverse Obama Administration's Gutting of Welfare's Work Requirements

    This afternoon, the House voted to restore the work requirements that the Obama Administration has attempted to gut from the 1996 welfare reform law. The breakdown: 250 Republicans voted for restoration and 164 Democrats voted against the resolution. The 1996 reform inserted work requirements into the largest federal cash assistance … More

    Fact Checking the Fact Checkers on Welfare Reform (VIDEO)

    On July 12, the Obama Administration released a policy directive from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declaring that it would no longer require states to comply with the work requirements established under the 1996 welfare reform law. As Heritage experts Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley explained, the … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Doesn't Just Gut Welfare Reform, He Turns It Upside Down

    The controversy over the Obama Administration’s gutting of welfare reform continues to grow. Two new government reports show the move’s illegality and effects on taxpayers. And the House of Representatives is set to vote today to approve or disapprove Health and Human Services’ (HHS) rewriting of the 1996 law. Yesterday, … More

    Washington Post Gives Bill Clinton Two "Pinocchios" in Welfare Fact Check

    When Bill Clinton is awarded two out of four “Pinocchios” for legitimatizing President Obama’s gutting of welfare’s work requirements as a pro-work move, maybe there’s hope yet for the occasional fact-based assessment of a policy debate from the mainstream media. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler finds that the former President … More

    VIDEO: Checking the Facts on Obama Administration's Welfare Waivers

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a leading critic of the Obama Administration’s decision to gut welfare reform, visited Heritage to ”fact check the fact checkers” on the controversial directive from the Department of Health and Human Services. He detailed areas in which self-appointed arbiters have gotten their facts wrong. Following Hatch’s remarks, … More

    Morning Bell: Clinton Is Wrong on Welfare Reform

    Last night, in his nationally televised speech, former President Bill Clinton said the charge that President Obama has gutted welfare reform was “a real doozy.” Clinton, who vetoed welfare reform twice before signing the welfare reform law in 1996, echoed the Obama Administration and media “fact checkers,” who have sworn … More

    Hatch Wants Answers on NLRB Official's Ties to Criminal Activity

    Richard Griffin, whom President Obama illegally appointed to the National Labor Relations Board, never had to answer a single question from U.S. senators – or even file the standard paperwork for nominees – prior to assuming his post in January. Because of Obama’s unconstitutional non-recess appointment, Griffin’s connections to numerous … 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

    Senators Urge IRS to Leave Politics Out of Tea Party Inquiries

    A dozen U.S. senators sent a stern warning to the Internal Revenue Service yesterday: Don’t let politics play a role in recent inquiries of Tea Party organizations. In the past few months, the IRS sent detailed questionnaires to organizations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas asking about their political activities. Many … More

    Senator Hatch Gets It Right on Tax Extenders

    On December 31, a set of approximately 50 tax-reducing provisions commonly referred to as the “tax extenders” expired. These provisions, which apply to both individuals and businesses, include popular measures such as the Research and Experimentation credit for businesses and the optional deduction for state and local sales taxes for … More