GOP Wants to Block Welfare Changes by Obama
Republican members of Congress are moving towards blocking the White House administrations changes to the welfare laws in the U.S. GOP members are embracing the issue that has gained much traction in the presidential campaign for Mitt Romney the Republican presidential nominee.
On Monday, Republicans Dave Camp of Michigan and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah unveiled resolutions that expressed disapproval with the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to give states the opportunity to obtain waivers to change work requirements for welfare. If the resolutions were passed, they would block the White House administration from being able to grant such waivers.
This issue had been simmering since the HHS announced back in July it was encouraging states to look into the new effective ways to meet goals of the TANF program (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), which established time-limited benefits and work requirements for recipients of welfare. Part of the new changes include the HHS Secretary issuing waivers to different states concerning targets for worker participation.
After just days of the announcement by the HHS, the campaign for Republican candidate Romney started airing ads on television accusing the White House of rolling back key pieces of the bipartisan 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Obama’s campaign defended its policy change by explaining it would give greater flexibility to governments at the state level to make changes in the program that have been requested for a long time.
Bill Clinton the former president defended Obama calling the ads by Romney not true and noting that Obama’s change was made after Republican governors in Nevada and Utah had requested it.