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    Clinton Defends Obama on Gutting of His Welfare Reform Law

    Last night, former President Bill Clinton claimed that President Obama had not gutted welfare reform. Clinton proclaimed that Obama would actually strengthen welfare reform by urging states to increase the number of people moving “from welfare to work” by 20 percent. What is Obama really doing? In July, the Obama … More

    Morning Bell: Media "Fact Checkers" Promote Obama's Gutting of Welfare Reform

    Since Heritage’s Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley broke the story on July 12 that the Obama Administration had gutted the work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law, the Administration has denied it. In recent weeks, media “fact checks” have popped up all over declaring The Heritage Foundation’s scoop “False.” … More

    Heritage Legal Memo: Welfare Reform's Work Requirements Cannot Be Waived

    The Obama Administration is denying that it has gutted the work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law, despite all evidence that it has. Heritage is going in-depth with analysis of the law and the reasoning Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gives for rewriting it. A new … 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

    U.S. Welfare System Fails to Support Work

    Last Monday in The Washington Post, Charles Lane drew attention to the need for getting work incentives right in federal policy. “The Americans with Disabilities Act…enshrines the notion that every American can and should hold a job,” he pointed out, but the Social Security Disability Insurance “creates a quasi-right not … More

    Toll-Free Entitlements: States Make Food-Stamp Benefits Easily Available

    A new Government Accountability Office report reveals that in more than 40 states a growing number of households are able to collect food-stamp benefits simply by receiving a government-issued brochure or accessing a toll-free number. For example, in states like Alabama, Hawaii and Montana, a brochure automatically triggers eligibility in … More

    Jordan and Southerland: Conservatives Need to Get Back in the Game on Welfare Reform

    “It’s time for conservatives to get back in the game,” on welfare reform, write Representatives Jim Jordan (R–OH) and Steve Southerland (R–FL) in The Washington Times. While conservatives successfully reformed the largest cash assistance welfare program back in 1996, inserting work requirements and changing the program to the Temporary Assistance … 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

    Food Stamps: Getting Help from Mexico to Increase Government Dependency

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just pulled the plug on its controversial outreach program to promote food stamps with “telenovelas” (soap operas), but that’s not the end of its courting of Spanish speakers. As the Daily Caller reports, the USDA and the Mexican government have been working together “to … More