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    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

    Food Stamp Participation Doubled Among Able-Bodied Adults After Obama Suspended Work Requirement

    A new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirms that food stamp participation doubled among able-bodied adults after the Obama Administration suspended the program’s work requirements. As Heritage’s Kiki Bradley notes: The welfare reform of 1996 requires that after three months on food stamps, recipients be engaged in some … 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

    Index of Dependence on Government Jumps for the Fourth Year in a Row

    The leak of a video featuring former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) has sparked debate about government dependency and the number of people in the United States who do not pay federal income tax. The Heritage Foundation has published the Index of Dependence on Government for the past 10 years, and … More

    Report Finds Obama Can Waive Welfare Work Requirements…or Not

    Liberals are touting an analysis by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) that they say “refutes” arguments against the Obama Administration’s legal authority to waive work requirements. But the funny thing is that, as shoddy as CRS’s analysis may be, it refuses to say that the Administration’s plan is lawful. A … More

    What's Driving High Poverty Numbers?

    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual poverty numbers. It reports that 46.2 million Americans remain poor; the figure was unchanged from last year. The percentage of Americans who were poor remained at a near-record 15 percent. What we are sure to hear now is a cry from big-government … 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

    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