Skip to comments.Ending Work for Welfare: An Overview (Reminder-Read what Obama has done to grow government)
Posted on 10/28/2012 10:21:27 AM PDT by yoe
On July 12, the Obama Administration released a policy directive from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rewriting the successful welfare reform law of 1996. The 1996 reform restructured the largest federal cash welfare program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), by inserting work requirements and renamed the program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). As a result of the reform, within five years welfare rolls decreased by approximately 50 percent and child poverty dropped precipitously.
The Obama Administrations new directive allows states to waive the TANF work requirement, gutting the reform of its most critical element and bludgeoning the letter and intent of the law.
Obama Administration Violating the Law
In establishing welfare reform, Congress made the core work requirements of the TANF program mandatory and non-waiveable; it explicitly protected the work requirements from any future Administration that might wish to weaken them.
The Obama Administration is now illegally claiming authority to waive the TANF work requirements through a legal device called the section 1115 waiver authority under the Social Security law (42 U.S.C. 1315). Section 1115 states that the Secretary may waive compliance with any of the requirements of specified parts of various laws. However, this is not an open-ended authority. Any provision of law that can be waived under section 1115 must be listed in section 1115 itself. The work provisions of the TANF program are contained in section 407 (titled, appropriately, Mandatory Work Requirements). Section 407 and most other TANF requirements are deliberately not listed in section 1115 and hence are explicitly not waiveable.
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There are no jobs for welfare to work. What entry level jobs there are can now be taken by the amnesty kids.