Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from THE DAILY CALLER: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused President Barack Obama and his “even more radical” appointees on Wednesday of plotting to destroy the work requirement in the 1996 welfare reform law.
Obama and his aides “have a real fight and it is a fight they can’t possibly win,” he said.
“This happens to be an issue that is devastating for liberals… [many voters are] really offended by government giving away money for nothing,” Gingrich said during a press conference arranged by the Republican National Committee.
Obama’s deputies are pushing back against Mitt Romney’s new focus on the July decision by the department of Health and Human Services to relax welfare-to-work rules.
Romney said Tuesday the change is an “insult” to hard-working Americans.
In July, HHS invited states to conduct “demonstration projects” that could exempt welfare recipients from long-standing work requirements.
Obama’s aides say the new proposal won’t reduce the popular requirement that welfare recipients also work, and they argue that officials will only approve projects that actually boost work rates by 20 percent.