Romney's New Target: Obama's Welfare Waivers

Ad attacks state waivers plan
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2012 1:28 PM CDT

Mitt Romney is opening up a new front in the war for the White House. A new ad accuses President Obama of overhauling Bill Clinton's welfare reform, resulting in a program that doesn't require recipients to work. "Under Obama's plan, you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check," the ad says. Thus, "welfare to work goes back to being plain old welfare."

The Obama plan would allow states to seek waivers from current work rules via the health and human services secretary. Those waivers would give states more control over the means of getting people working, USA Today notes. The aim, according to secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is "to accelerate job placement by moving more Americans from welfare to work. ... No policy which undercuts that goal or waters down work requirements will be considered or approved by the department." (More President Obama stories.)

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