‘Partisan Disgrace’: Obama Admin Quietly Rewrites Welfare Reform Law
By Becket Adams
July 13, 2012
In move that went largely “unnoticed” by the mainstream media, the Obama administration on Thursday released an “official policy directive” that essentially rewrites the landmark welfare reform law of 1996, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York reports.
“The directive,” York explains, “allows the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the work requirement at the heart of welfare reform.”
An “Information Memorandum” released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ states:
[The] HHS has authority to waive compliance with this 402 requirement and authorize a state to test approaches and methods other than those set forth in section 407, including definitions of work activities and engagement, specified limitations, verification procedures, and the calculation of participation rates.
The memo, as the Daily Caller’s Caroline May notes, argues that by waiving the so-called “work requirements,” the feds are encouraging “states to consider new, more effective ways to meet the goals of TANF, particularly helping parents successfully prepare for, find, and retain employment.”