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Tell Congress: Draft Legislation to Make States 'Pay Their Way' through Welfare Programs

During the 2008 presidential campaign a woman famously bragged on-camera that she wouldn’t have to worry about paying her mortgage or putting gas in her car, because she was going to “help” Obama by getting him elected, and then he would help her by taking care of all her needs.

It seems she wasn’t far off with her prediction.

This July, Barack Obama bypassed Congress — again — and quietly renewed work-waivers for states, ensuring that his gutting of welfare reform remains a reality for yet another year.

And according to a September 14 report from the Congressional Research Service has shown that Obama’s own welfare “reforms” since he took office has already caused the number of food stamp recipients to double. 

So how did we get here?

In 1996, Congress passed and Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act effectively curbing and reforming our up-until-that-point unbridled welfare system, and, as a result, poverty dropped. A Heritage report notes that “the reform successfully helped move welfare recipients off of the rolls and into jobs and cut the welfare caseload by half within five years.” How? Work was mandated.

In 1996 work became a requirement for “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWDs) to receive benefits. Specifically, these individuals were required to fulfill one of the below options or forego aid altogether after their 3-month limit:

·         Work at least half-time (20 hours in a week)

·         Participate in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or

·         Participate in a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program) “workfare” program for at least 20 hours per week.

However, after Obama became President all of this changed – tucked within the many pages of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Section 101(e) removed the time-limits for individuals who were not working 20 hours a week. This little provision lasted for over a year (April 2009 – September 30, 2010) and has been “silently renewed” by the President ever since for the sake of “economic recovery”.

Since Obama continues to ignore our system of government, alert citizens like us need to continue to push back against his un-Constitutional actions by forcing Congress to stop his behavior, or at least, to prevent his proclamations from taking effect.

Petition your US Representative and Senators now and tell them to draft legislation eliminating federal aid to states who take advantage of Obama's latest gutting of "Work Free" welfare. Let states who go along with Obama’s welfare system pay their own way. Contact the US Congress now and make sure they know you are outraged that President Obama is acting alone as a dictator!

Public Comments
Nov 9th, 2012
Jackie O. from Spokane, WA writes:
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You are the holders of the purse, be responsible and frugal on behalf of the country!
Nov 9th, 2012
Lorraine H. from Vero Beach, FL writes:
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I am OUTRAGED that President Obama is being allowed to act alone as a DICTATOR!! The welfare system is being abused, and everyone knows it and does NOTHING!!
Nov 9th, 2012
Mike M. from Twentynine Palms, CA signed.
Nov 9th, 2012
Arnold F. from Aiken, SC signed.
Nov 8th, 2012
Herbert D. from Inwood, WV signed.
Nov 8th, 2012
Shirley L. from Denver, NC signed.
Nov 8th, 2012
Barbara F. from Simi Valley, CA signed.
Nov 8th, 2012
Misty J. from Mesa, AZ writes:
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We need to reform welfare so that the truly needy recieve help!
Nov 8th, 2012
Someone from Williamsport, PA signed.
Nov 8th, 2012
Kenneth N. from Pensacola, FL writes:
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Say no to obama's illegal abuse of the welfare system!
Nov 7th, 2012
Glenna C. from Stuarts Draft, VA writes:
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Anyone who is able to work should want to provide for their self.The $60,000.00 needs to be cut also.That is more than a lot of our citizens make.Why should they get more pay for not working?Something is wrong with this picture.
Nov 7th, 2012
Glenn S. from Easton, MD signed.
Nov 7th, 2012
Rebecca B. from Castle Rock, CO signed.
Nov 6th, 2012
Wanda T. from Chula, GA writes:
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I am not only willing, but quite content to pay my share......not the whole burden of the bill!
Nov 6th, 2012
Someone from Beverly Hills, FL signed.
Nov 5th, 2012
Marilyn H. from Cottonwood, ID writes:
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Welfare is not working.Many of these are 3rd & 4th generation families. Make them earn their money or do without.Maybe they will finally get their sense of pride back in their lives.
Nov 5th, 2012
Someone from Hollywood, FL writes:
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Many who could work get federal aid and this program should be re-evaluated and taxpayers are paying for them not to have to work.
Nov 5th, 2012
Someone from Alpharetta, GA signed.
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James M. from Marina, CA signed.
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Jerry J. from Miami, FL signed.
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linda s. from Oklahoma City, OK signed.
Nov 5th, 2012
rick r. from Fenton, MO signed.
Nov 3rd, 2012
Larry R. from Mankato, MN writes:
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I think it's time, for the States, to help in the Welfare system and help pay for it.
Nov 2nd, 2012
Vernon B. from Roy, WA signed.
Nov 2nd, 2012
Michael D. from South Portland, ME signed.
Nov 2nd, 2012
Someone from Lone Oak, TX writes:
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This so called president needs to be stopped dead in his tracks. I beleive only in helping those who really need help, not just anybody that trys to work the system!!
Nov 2nd, 2012
Bryon H. from Clarendon, NC signed.
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Mary C. from Glassport, PA signed.
Nov 1st, 2012
Leo D. from Simi Valley, CA signed.
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Oct 31st, 2012
Anne S. from Gilbert, AZ signed.
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ivonne C. from Bonita Springs, FL signed.
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Paul F. from Vineland, NJ signed.
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daniel m. from Maumelle, AR signed.
Oct 30th, 2012
Bryon H. from Clarendon, NC signed.
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Eleanor C. from Cincinnati, OH signed.
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Daniel C. from Lincoln, MT signed.
Oct 30th, 2012
Boyce T. from Lafayette, LA signed.
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Larry E. E. from Liberty, MO signed.
Oct 30th, 2012
Frank N. from Campbellsport, WI signed.