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Trump Set to Drop Another Obama Policy, Restore Work Requirements For Welfare

Saying “work should always be encouraged as a condition for receiving welfare,” acting Assistant Director for the Department of Health and Human Services Steven Wagner announced a plan to implement such requirements.

In 2012, former President Barack Obama issued a directive allowing states to apply for waivers to work requirements embedded in a welfare reform law enacted by Congress in 1996.

“Under the waiver plan,” Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation explained at the time, “states will no longer be required to comply with the work participation requirements in the TANF law.”


Now, those requirements and the original intent of the welfare law are being restored under President Trump.

Via the Washington Times:

The Trump administration moved Wednesday to reimpose work requirements for Americans on welfare, revoking an Obama-era policy that had urged states to apply for waivers exempting the poor from having to show they were either getting job training or looking for work.

Requiring work was a key part of the 1996 welfare reform law enacted by a GOP-led Congress and signed by then-President Bill Clinton, and Mr. Trump’s move restores the law as written.

“The waiver option offered by the Obama administration is being replaced today by an expectation that work should always be encouraged as a condition for receiving welfare,” said Steven Wagner, the Health and Human Services Department’s acting assistant secretary for children and families.

More work and fewer handouts for social welfare recipients – something the left will clearly view as being cruel and inhumane to the poor.


“We’re going to measure our commitment by the number of people we get off of those programs and help them get back in charge of their own lives again,” White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney in discussing welfare reform in May.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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