President Trump: Work for Welfare

Comment – Opinion:

President Trump is set to restore the ‘work for welfare’ requirement put into place by Bill Clinton and eliminated by Barack Obama. Obama evidently had trouble understanding the concept of ‘quid pr quo’ which literally means ‘something for something,’ in other words if you are able to work and want  taxpayer money, you should be required to work.

Welfare presents itself as a perfect dodge for those scam artists who are too lazy to work.  Improper welfare payments, including fraud, are estimated to be 10.1% of all federal welfare payments made and totaled $71.5 billion in fiscal year 2015. This estimate is based on reports from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) [i], The General Accounting Office (GAO) [ii], and other federal agencies.   Seven of the Welfare Programs make the OMB list of the top thirteen federal programs estimated to be “high error programs” – programs with improper payments greater than $750 million annually.   These are highlighted below by individual program.    

Total welfare improper payments and fraud of $71.5 billion is an enormous sum greater than the entire budgets of TANF, Child Nutrition, Head Start, Job Training, WIC, Child Care, LIHEAP and the Lifeline programs, combined. Explanations by OMB and GAO of the causes of improper payments are shown below by welfare program.  In general, the high level of improper payments comes from the complexity and uniqueness of income qualifications in multiple welfare programs, the reliance on users for income qualification information and theinability of multiple agencies to adequately verify user information and adhere to standards and rules.    [1]

The continued fraud in the welfare system only exists because Congress and HHS ignore their mandate to run the welfare system as intended – to help those in need, not those who’re too lazy to work….WFM

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Trump moves to restore work requirement for welfare

By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, August 30, 2017

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.

The 2012 Obama policy didn’t outright gut the welfare law. Instead, it pushed states to consider applying for waivers that would let them still pay benefits to people even if they weren’t actively seeking work, job training or meeting other criteria.

The move proved to be ineffective.

Just one state, Ohio, applied for a waiver in 2015, which “inexplicably” sat in limbo under President Obama, HHS said. Ohio applied again three months ago.

HHS said Wednesday that it informed Ohio the waiver was being denied.

Welfare reform was one of the major accomplishments of the Republican revolution that swept the GOP to control of Congress in the 1994 elections. The goal was to reduce the rolls by enticing able-bodied people into the workforce, and then tailoring assistance for those unable to work.

Mr. Obama’s administration created the work waiver in response to the former president’s executive action urging agencies to reform federal programs to dole out money more efficiently.

The 2012 HHS policy was supposed to let states test other ways to deliver welfare benefits, saying that if they wanted to skip the work requirement they had to lay out other performance targets to meet.

At the time of the announcement, Mr. Obama was heatedly criticized for what Republicans said was an unlawful move. They said there was no provision in the 1996 law to grant waivers.

Republicans cheered Mr. Trump’s restoration of the law.

“Chairman Brady believes that work requirements are essential to providing Americans with real paths out of poverty and up the economic ladder,” said Shane McDonald, spokesperson for House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady. “Today’s action by the Trump administration ties in seamlessly to the work that he and the committee are doing to deliver policy solutions that truly improve the lives of American families nationwide.”

The 1996 law required states to show that a significant percentage of their welfare rolls — officially known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) — spent time on “work activities,” which could include actual work, but also school or job training.

Ohio, in its waiver request, had asked to allow welfare recipients more time in job training or on a job search.

It was unclear why the Obama administration never acted on the waiver.

Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services didn’t respond to a request for comment.

[1]  http://federalsafetynet.com/welfare-fraud.html

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One Response to President Trump: Work for Welfare

  1. Barry Kar says:

    The problem is the ones getting Welfare either don’t work, or work “under the table” so they double dip and actually make a pretty damn good living !!! On our money !

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