The Obama administration, sensing they can only go so far in weakening welfare requirements, voiced concerns but did not veto a new GOP bill, H.R. 890, that would repeal the efforts by the government to waive certain work requirements for welfare recipients.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said the bill would hamper “innovative” programs designed to give aid to welfare recipients in finding a job.
In July of 2012, federal health officials released an Information Memorandum that announced that states could find greater flexibility under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program if they found a way to give welfare recipients more jobs. GOP members said the plan weakened welfare’s work requirement.
As the GOP puts it:
H.R. 890 prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services from waiving work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Specifically, the legislation prevents the Secretary from finalizing, implementing, enforcing or otherwise taking any action to give effect to the Information Memorandum that was issued on July 12, 2012 by the Department of Health and Human Services, as it relates to the TANF program and its work requirement. The prohibition includes any administration action that relates to the work requirement or any similar policy. In addition, H.R. 890 prohibits the Secretary from authorizing, approving, renewing, modifying or extending any experimental, pilot, or demonstration project under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act that waives compliance with Section 407, the mandatory work requirement, contained in TANF.
Even the White House can see that the vast swath of Americans who are strapped to the limit will only go so far accepting the waiver of welfare requirements.