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    Rise in Food Stamps Part of Growing Dependence on Washington

    America was supposed to be the land of self-government. Citizens were to govern themselves politically and morally. But such an independent citizen is proving to be less common every year. Now, more people than ever before depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance. … 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

    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

    Farm Bill Misses Crucial Food Stamp Reform

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture appears to be on a mission to recruit food stamp participants. Radio advertisements, Spanish telenovelas (soap operas), and reaching across the border to partner with Mexico are some of the highlights of their advertising campaign. This, along with massive growth in program spending, indicates critical … More

    What Taxmageddon Really Means for Families

    Taxmageddon is approaching closer by the day. Much of the focus has been on the impact Taxmageddon will have on the economy. But just how will this massive tax hike impact America’s most fundamental unit of society? Families will see their taxes go up by more than $4,100—just in 2013—because … More

    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

    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