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Tue Aug 7, 2012, 12:54 PM

5. Sebelius defends welfare changes

In a letter to two prominent lawmakers, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the waivers states can apply for will not change requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law that mandate recipients find work in order to qualify for help. 

Republicans have argued the new waivers could undercut the work requirements, but Sebelius said they merely allow states to develop new approaches for meeting the work requirements. 
"The department is providing a very limited waiver opportunity for states that develop a plan to measurably increase the number of beneficiaries who find and hold down a job," Sebelius wrote to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.). 

"Our goal is to accelerate job placement by moving more Americans from welfare to work," Sebelius wrote. "No policy which undercuts that goal or waters down work requirements will be considered or approved." 


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