Obama administration issues order gutting Clinton’s welfare reform

This is not just bad news for Bill Clinton’s legacy.  Yesterday, President Obama’s administration issued an order removing the work requirements from welfare recipients.

from Hot Air:

The landmark welfare reform law President Bill Clinton signed in 1996 helped move nearly 3 million families off the government dole— the result of federal work requirements that promoted greater self-reliance.

Yesterday the Obama administration gutted those federal work rules, ignoring the will of Congress by issuing a policy directive that allows the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the work requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. “The result is the end of welfare reform,” wrote Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley of The Heritage Foundation.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), author of welfare reform legislation, said in response to the news:

President Obama just tore up a basic foundation of the welfare contract. In exchange for taxpayer-funded TANF payments, the law calls on able-bodied adults to work, look for work, take classes, or undergo drug and alcohol counseling. It’s the tough love that gives people motivation to help themselves.

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Heritage has more information about the specific legal mechanism Obama used in his order.  This is just another in a long line of executive fiats that President Obama has used to circumvent the power of Congress.  

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