Romney Wanted To “Gut Welfare”

August 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

Mitt Romney and his campaign have recently criticized President Obama for “gutting welfare”. The reality, however, is that the U.S Department of Health and Human Services released a memo on July 12 adjusting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) by giving more flexibility to states in determining which paths are most efficient in leading people towards employment. As a matter of fact, this is an adjustment that Mitt Romney himself, as governor of Massachusetts, lobbied for in 2005. Romney, along with several other Republican governors, sent a signed letter to the then GOP Majority Leader in the Senate, requesting that he help pass a bill which would provide more flexibility in federal law as it pertained to the state execution of TANF. The signed letter can be viewed here:

State flexibility – The Senate bill provides states with the flexibility to manage their TANF programs and effectively serve low-income populations. Increased waiver authority, allowable work activities, availability of partial work credit and the ability to coordinate state programs are all important aspects of moving recipients from welfare to work.


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