In July 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an information memorandum saying it would accept and approve applications from states seeking to waive the work requirement for their local welfare programs. Essentially, HHS said they would still offer welfare funding to states that did not meet the old requirement of having 50% of welfare recipients working, or on the path to employment.
By voiding the information memorandum the bill would:
- Ban states that do not meet work requirements from receiving federal funding for their welfare programs.
- Prohibit the HHS from carrying out any orders, or similar measures of the information memorandum that would alter the TANF Extension Act of 2013.