Monday, August 27, 2012

Romney's Pants On Fire Welfare Claims

For those who believe Romney and Ryan on their claim that Obama is gutting the welfare work requirement, here are the facts:

From Kathleen Sebelius, The Secretary of Health and Human Services, July 18, 2012, letter to The Honorable Dave Camp, Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives:

"The Department is providing a very limited waiver opportunity for states that develop a plan to measurably increase the number of beneficiaries who find and hold down a job. Specifically, Governors must commit that their proposals will move at least 20% more people from welfare to work compared to the state's past performance. States must also demonstrate clear progress toward that goal no later than one year after their programs take effect. If they fail, their waiver will be rescinded. And if a governor proposes a plan that undercuts the work requirements established in welfare reform, that plan will be rejected."

See also the letter from George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, July 12, 2012, to State Human Service Officials, which accompanied the memos sent from the Administration to the states regarding the new waiver policy.

PolitiFact rates the Romney ad, which claims that the work requirement is waived, as "Pants on Fire!".

The Washington Post gives Romney's (and now Ryan's) claims "Four Pinocchios".

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