Camp-Jordan-Kline Welfare Work Requirement | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

Camp-Jordan-Kline Welfare Work Requirement

September 20, 2012

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H. J. Res. 118, which was introduced by Reps. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), John Kline (R-Minn.), and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and would prevent the Obama administration from implementing its plan to weaken welfare work requirements. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support this legislation.

The passage in 1996 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act instituted several positive reforms to the welfare system. One of the most noticeable improvements made in the years following the bill’s passage was the reduction in the number of individuals receiving welfare by 57 percent and the decrease in poverty among single mothers of 30 percent.

Under the plan detailed in a July 12, 2012 memo from the Department of Health and Human Services, federal welfare grants to states from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program could be disbursed even if the grant recipients are not searching for work. On September 4, 2012, the Government Accountability Office determined that the Obama administration’s waiver policy constituted a rule and is therefore subject to congressional oversight under the Congressional Review Act. Accordingly, H. J. Res. 118 would express Congress’s disapproval of the Obama administration’s regulatory effort to weaken welfare reform and prevent the administration from waiving the work requirements installed by the 1996 welfare reform law.

Although taxpayers have spent more than $16 trillion on state and federal welfare programs since the “War on Poverty” began in 1964, 43 million Americans still live at or below the poverty level while their dependence on government support continues to grow. Eliminating the work requirements in welfare would only exacerbate this problem. I strongly urge you to support this legislation. All votes H. J. Res. 118 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2012 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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