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    Online Chat on Welfare Reform - LIVE NOW

    Last week, the Obama administration bypassed Congress to gut the successful 1996 welfare reform law of its work requirements. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” online chat. We are joined by Heritage’s Rachel Sheffield who is taking your questions about the success of welfare … 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

    Morning Bell: The End of Welfare Reform As We Know It

    The Obama Administration made yet another end run around Congress last week—this time, to gut the successful welfare reform law of 1996. If this is allowed to stand, it will mean rewinding years of progress that lifted millions out of poverty. Before the 1996 reform, welfare was a one-way handout: … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Imperial Presidency Guts Welfare Reform

    The imperial Presidency has overturned Congress and the law again. Not content to stop at rewriting immigration policy, education policy and energy policy, yesterday, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the … 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

    More Than 40 Percent of Americans Are on Some Government Program

    How many Americans depend on a government program for a basic (or not so basic) need? According to recently released Census Bureau data and Heritage Foundation calculations, the number is 128.8 million. That is the number of individuals directly receiving aid that they depend on for their daily consumption of … 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

    HHS Investigating Welfare Spending at Casinos, Liquor Stores, Strip Clubs

    The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, is investigating whether, and how, federal welfare funds have been used at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs – all prohibited under federal law. Under legislation that extended a payroll tax holiday, passed by … More

    Restoring Personal Responsibility in Welfare

    Fifteen years ago, Congress voted to “end welfare as we know it.” As a result, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was created (in place of the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children), which, for the first time, inserted work requirements and a five-year time limit for … More