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Obama Gutted Food Stamps Work Requirement

From the Washington Examiner:

CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement

Philip Klein | September 19, 2012

Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.

In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

So, once again Mr. Obama has ‘gone around’ Congress to further gut the 1996 welfare reform requirements for work.

“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”

Under the rule adopted in 1996, food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents were limited to three months in a 36-month period unless the participant in the program “works at least 20 hours a week; participates in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or participates in a (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) ‘workfare’ program for at least 20 hours per week.”

Obama’s economic stimulus legislation suspended the rule for all states starting April 2009. Delaware continued to enforce the rule anyway, along with New York City and parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Texas.

This suspension expired at the end of the 2010 fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2010) and Congress rebuffed Obama’s requests to extend it in his fiscal years 2011 and 2012 budgets. However, Obama used his regulatory authority to effectively extend the waivers to nearly all states over the past two years. (The law grants the executive the authority to do this in states where the unemployment rate is above 10 percent or there’s a “lack of sufficient jobs.”)…

(You can read the Congressional Research Service’s full report here.)

So once again Obama has used his "regulatory authority" (aka an executive order) to bypass Congress and the will of the people.

Still, remember Obama’s faux outrage that the Supreme Court might overturn Obama-Care, which he said would be wrongfully overturning Congressional legislation?

Anyway, you would think this would be a big story. But our one party news media will ignore it.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Gutted Food Stamps Work Requirement”

  1. ilzito guacamolito

    Do you think ‘Obama supporter’ Bill Clinton is secretly happy or mad about this? After all, welfare reform is really the only bright spot of his presidency.

  2. Mithrandir

    Michelle Obama’s “LET’S MOVE!” health program.

    Barack’s “LET’S SIT ON OUR ARSE!” welfare program.




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