We are entirely aware that Republicans hate the working class and the poor, and embrace the wealthy, but I thought that after a devastating defeat last November they might at least attempt to hide it.
Today the Republican dominated House of Representatives passed the same resolution that failed last year. House Republicans took up a bill resurrecting the 2012 campaign charge that President Barack Obama coddles poor people by giving them free welfare.
The bill, which is similar to a measure that the House adopted last year before it died in the Senate, passed the lower chamber on Wednesday by a vote of 246 to 181.
The legislation would forbid the Obama administration from granting states waivers of the “work” requirement, a part of 1996 legislation called the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, often called welfare.
“Generally the  reforms offer states new flexibility in designing welfare programs. However, in exchange for that flexibility, strong new federal work requirements were put in place,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said Wednesday. “However, the current administration … has decided it does have the authority to waive these work requirements.”
Last July, in response to requests from governors — including Republican ones — the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it would consider suspending certain requirements for states that implemented “demonstration projects” that would help more welfare beneficiaries find jobs. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said the announcement effectively “gutted” the work requirements in the 1996 law.
During the Presidential campaign, Romney and Ryan falsely claimed that the President wanted to eliminate any work requirement and simply hand out welfare. What the Obama administration proposed is that states that were implementing their own programs which effectively aided the impoverished in job assistance should receive a waiver from the 1996 law.
No waivers have been issued. “Ultimately, no States formally applied for State waivers, deterred in part by inaccurate claims about what the policy involves; therefore, the limiting provision would have no practical effect on any pending application,” the administration said in a statement.
The assistance supports roughly 4 million Americans per year, down from 14 million at the time of the welfare reform.
The legislation now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to fail as it did last year.
This all happened a day after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Republicans wouldn’t “refight the past”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express