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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 10:48 AM

House GOP Bill Would Actually End Welfare Reform Work Requirements

Source: Talking Points Memo

Republicans have embraced a widely debunked premise to attack President Obama for “gutting” welfare reform. But a House GOP bill that has already cleared a major committee would actually ax the welfare program’s work requirements, according to Congress’ nonpartisan referee.

The legislation — H.R. 4297, The Workforce Investment Improvement Act — was unveiled in March by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and cosponsored by six Republican colleagues. Among them was Education & Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), who passed the bill through his committee in June.

The measure is aimed at streamlining workforce training by letting states slash redundant programs and consolidate them with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program — into one Workforce Investment Fund (WIF). States would be given so much flexibility that the restrictions in the 1996 welfare law need no longer apply, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

“Thus, for example, if TANF funds were consolidated into the WIF, TANF program requirements (e.g., work requirements) may no longer apply to that portion of funding because the TANF funding would not exist (i.e., it would be part of the WIF and thus subject to WIF program requirements),” CRS concluded in a memo.
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/PDF/CRS-TANFWaiverAuthorityMemo.pdf

Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/house-gop-bill-end-welfare-reform-work-requirent.php?ref=fpa

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 10:53 AM

1. Thanks for letting us know -- Kick

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 10:54 AM

2. And Republicans say

Stop doing what we suggest. Stop offering compromises. AND STOP FACT CHECKING US.

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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 10:54 AM

3. They truly are less bothered by hypocrisy than normal people are.

Unbelievable.

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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 10:55 AM

4. I wonder if there aren't Teahadist entities which intend to follow the Reagan model,

by means of which he supposedly single-handedly brought down the Soviet Union, that is, kind of like "the good santa", spend them into financial ruin and, thus, in this instance, break the federal government and a variety of federal programs up by over-extending it and them.

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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 11:00 AM

5. it's not even chess vs. checkers with these guys any more... it's chess vs. rock/paper/scissors.

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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 11:04 AM

6. Well, I guess I can kiss my job goodbye

Virginia Foxx - no more needs to be said

So what they accuse the President of, they do themselves - when is this madness going to end

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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 11:11 AM

7. The bill wont even come up in the Senate

...just more babble from the House kooks

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