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house Bill H.R. 1179

Banning Work Requirement Waivers for People Applying For Welfare

Argument in favor

People receiving welfare should have to work. Encouraging low-income groups to find jobs while providing government assistance is the best way out of poverty.

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07/23/2015
There should be exemptions to those who are physically & mentally incapable of working and a jobs guarantee program for all Americans so that those applying for welfare will obtain a job more easily
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Elinor's Opinion
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04/26/2015
I work for my income and rightly expect no less of welfare recipients. I don't care if they shovel crap; they need to do something other than channel surfing and shooting out offspring to justify taking working citizens' money. And all should have mandatory contraception!
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08/05/2015
This isn't a war on the poor, yet its a war on unmorality. Those willing and capable of work should seek to do so. Taking money from one to give it to another, is not noble; it's theft. Increasing wages is not the answers either... We as a people need to give a hand-up; not a hand out. Volunteer, instill purpose and show influence. This is our job as citizen, not Washington.
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Argument opposed

Not everyone who qualifies for government aid is able to work, and finding a job isn’t always that easy. Insisting that people work to receive federal aid is a tall order.

Bryan's Opinion
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07/30/2015
This is another attack on the poor. You want to lift people out of poverty, raise wages, institute universal healthcare.
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Scott's Opinion
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08/24/2015
It's unrealistic and doesn't take into consideration all the realities. This stems from the mindset of "get the lazy poor people working". But we can't even get jobs for educated people who were employed before the financial meltdown, who have run out of benefits and aw no longer even counted as unemployed. What about the children of poor women who rely on welfare for food and clothing and other assistance? If the parent(s) can't work, and lose benefits, what becomes of their dependents. We really need to stop being evil and cruel and accept that in imperfect situations we sometimes give to a few undeserving people to ensure the greater good.
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Suzanne 's Opinion
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08/19/2015
Not unless the idiots in the government pass some real job bills. ! Remember jobs , jobs , jobs !
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What is House Bill H.R. 1179?

This bill would block waivers that currently allow states to enroll people in welfare even if they do not meet the work requirement.

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.

Impact

Welfare recipients who are not employed or on the path to employment; people on welfare; the HHS; 15% of the general U.S. population currently living in poverty, as reported by the 2010 U.S. Census

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1179

$61.00 Million
The CBO estimates that the bill would reduce direct spending by $61 million over the 2013-2023 period.

More Information

In Depth: The bill's supporters are happy to be fighting against an information memorandum that they see as an attempt to gut welfare reform law. In fact, many believe that the Obama administration did not have the authority to waive the work requirement in the first place. Sponsoring Rep. Tom Reed (NY-R), speaking in favor of H.R. 890's passage, noted:

“This is about giving people the tools to get back to work, and that work under the welfare program makes sense and is good sound policy.”

Opposition to the bill argue that not all people who are eligible for welfare are capable of working, and that a work expectation is unrealistic. Others defend the information memorandum, noting that it would only waive the work requirement if states can demonstrate that they have raise the number of people leaving  welfare programs for work by 20 percent.

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(Photo Credit: Children's Bureau Centennial)

AKA

Preserving the Work Requirement for Welfare Act

Official Title

To prohibit waivers relating to compliance with the work requirements for the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Higher Education and Workforce Investment
      Worker and Family Support
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2015
    There should be exemptions to those who are physically & mentally incapable of working and a jobs guarantee program for all Americans so that those applying for welfare will obtain a job more easily
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    This is another attack on the poor. You want to lift people out of poverty, raise wages, institute universal healthcare.
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    I work for my income and rightly expect no less of welfare recipients. I don't care if they shovel crap; they need to do something other than channel surfing and shooting out offspring to justify taking working citizens' money. And all should have mandatory contraception!
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    It's unrealistic and doesn't take into consideration all the realities. This stems from the mindset of "get the lazy poor people working". But we can't even get jobs for educated people who were employed before the financial meltdown, who have run out of benefits and aw no longer even counted as unemployed. What about the children of poor women who rely on welfare for food and clothing and other assistance? If the parent(s) can't work, and lose benefits, what becomes of their dependents. We really need to stop being evil and cruel and accept that in imperfect situations we sometimes give to a few undeserving people to ensure the greater good.
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    This isn't a war on the poor, yet its a war on unmorality. Those willing and capable of work should seek to do so. Taking money from one to give it to another, is not noble; it's theft. Increasing wages is not the answers either... We as a people need to give a hand-up; not a hand out. Volunteer, instill purpose and show influence. This is our job as citizen, not Washington.
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    Not unless the idiots in the government pass some real job bills. ! Remember jobs , jobs , jobs !
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    You betcha!
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    It's not always possible to find a job. The only way you can expect the poor to find jobs 100% of the time is if you create programs placing them in jobs along with the welfare they receive.
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    Public welfare should be canceled all together...
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    YES YES YES. Welfare should not be a career. Provide a helping hand; not a free paycheck.
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    If ur not legal get out and become legal
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    Initially some prerequisite of seeking work was expected of welfare recipients. A waiver of the requirement for showing willingness to work was the work of the Obama agenda. A ban on waivers countermands this sop to the indolent. Hard to fathom how anybody beholden to the taxpayer ever assented to this waiver, but that is our Socialist in Chief on a his usual mission. The confusing imperative here is to ban such waivers, unless you dare suggest plundering the treasury to pay beggars without making even a feeble request that they be available for occasional light toil.
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    Did this not work during the Clinton administration?
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    You shouldn't be getting money if you're unemployed and fully capable to be in the work force.
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    Welfare should be a short term solution nor a career
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    Why should they make this a life long practice. They need to find work instead of living off the fat of the land, gov't.
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    Sure, I think that everyone who can work should have a job and should be contributing. However this bill does nothing to solve that problem - it is only an attack on those who cannot help themselves.
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    People should be required to work if they are able and can get a job. They should not have to give up their welfare if they can't find a job with a living wage.
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    Although many people who receive aid are in tough circumstances where they need it. There is also a lot of people who take advantage of it. I have seen several people come into my work and ask to have their form signed that they were denied employment without even filling out an application. I've also known a lot that have signed up for food stamps or other types of aid just so they could work less. I think the work verification is still needed to help prevent abusers of federal aid. It you can't work then you should be on social security or Medicaid
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    This is not a black and white issue. There are a lot of special circumstances filling up an enormous gray area. A blanket policy like this will do more harm than good. We already have an alarming number of children living in poverty.
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