House Takes Up Vote to Prevent Welfare Waivers

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The House is voting on a bill to prevent welfare waivers. The bill would block the Obama administration from waiving any work requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law.

House Republicans say President Obama is trying to gut those requirements.

"The only reason you'd need a waiver would be to lessen the work requirement," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

"The issue is the precedent," he continued. "It would weaken an integral part of the welfare reform bill. If you're getting federal benefits and you're able-bodied, you need to work."

Democrats claim Republicans are distorting the goal of the waiver program, which is to more effectively place more welfare recipients in jobs.

The bill has little chance of passing the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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