Orrin Hatch introduces bill to block Obama power grab

Scott Kaufman
Human Events

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill Wednesday to block President Obama’s controversial changes to work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families law.

Sen. Hatch introduced his bill, the Preserving Work Requirement for Welfare Programs Act, on the Senate floor by saying, “This bill halts last week’s unprecedented power grab from the Obama administration whereby unelected bureaucrats unilaterally granted themselves the authority to waive federal welfare work requirements … to put this another way, unelected bureaucrats ignored the law passed by Congress, the elected representatives of the American people.”

Last week, Republicans charge, the Obama administration stripped the teeth out of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families law when the Department of Health and Human Services sent new guidelines to states about TANF, including information on waivers for the work requirement, a cornerstone of the 1996 law signed by President Clinton.

According to the HSS memorandum though, the waivers are “to allow states to test alternative and innovative strategies, policies and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families.”…

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