Romney slams Obama welfare waiver move - Washington Times
The Romney campaign is chastising the Obama administration for announcing that it may allow states to waive a federal requirement that welfare recipients engage in “work activities.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
announced Thursday that it will consider requests from states wishing
to waive the requirement, which were at the heart of the welfare reform
law negotiated between congressional Republicans and President Bill Clinton in 1996.
In a memo to states, the department
said the change will spur state-level welfare innovation and provide
the increased flexibility in enforcement that many states want.
new policy would allow states to embark on their own welfare reform
projects, during which they would be able to waive enforcement of the
work mandate. Such projects would last no longer than five years.
Republicans are slamming the decision as an executive overreach and a
major step toward undoing bipartisan reforms achieved during the
“The president’s action is completely
misdirected,” Mr. Romney said in a statement. “Work is a dignified
endeavor, and the linkage of work and welfare is essential to prevent
welfare from becoming a way of life.”