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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
Oct 12th, 2012
Someone from North Tazewell, VA signed.
Oct 12th, 2012
Kevin R. from San Diego, CA signed.
Oct 12th, 2012
Kevin R. from San Diego, CA signed.
Oct 11th, 2012
al p. from Manchester, NH signed.
Oct 11th, 2012
Anna and Chuck A. from Aurora, CO signed.
Oct 11th, 2012
Joseph B. from Saint Charles, IL writes:
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We are sick of the way President Obama is ruining our country by encouraging people to become dependent on the government. Draft legislation NOW eliminating federal aid to states who take advantage of Obama's latest gutting of "Work Free" welfare.
Oct 10th, 2012
Hugo B. from Eagle River, AK signed.
Oct 10th, 2012
Joyce B. from Crocker, MO signed.
Oct 10th, 2012
inetta s. from Tahlequah, OK signed.
Oct 10th, 2012
Marie U. from La Grange, KY writes:
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Welfare recipients must work!
Oct 10th, 2012
Edward U. from La Grange, KY writes:
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Welfare recipients must work!
Oct 9th, 2012
Max M. from Bolivar, MO writes:
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STATES NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN WELFARE PEOPLE!
Oct 9th, 2012
Wayne and Judith R. from Cameron, MT writes:
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Harry Reid is failure as the leader of the Senate and the ones of you that stick with him appear stupid too. It is time to get rid of Reid and Obama and take our country back instead of giving to all those on welfare for generation after generation and make them do some kind of work for the money they get like cleaning along the highways. Quit giving our money to the free loaders.
Oct 8th, 2012
Clara G. from Kansas City, MO signed.
Oct 8th, 2012
Hon. & Mrs. Paul D. from Anaheim, CA signed.
Oct 8th, 2012
Joyce B. from Yakima, WA writes:
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Stop the MADNESS!
Oct 7th, 2012
Josh M. from Burleson, TX signed.
Oct 7th, 2012
Someone from Sarasota, FL signed.
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Someone from Sarasota, FL signed.
Oct 7th, 2012
A K. from Toledo, OH signed.
Oct 7th, 2012
Someone from Ilion, NY writes:
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Give a man a fish or teach him how to fish. Personal responsibility is part of being an adult. Unless a person is proven to be mentally or physically incapable, they should contribute to society in some way.
Oct 6th, 2012
Joseph M. from Greenwich, CT writes:
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People who can WORK should be taken off these Programs so the NEEDY People have a chance!
Oct 6th, 2012
Kathy S. from Windermere, FL writes:
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Congress, this is YOUR fault. The taxpayers are not legally obligated to pay for outright violations of our existing Federal Laws!
Oct 6th, 2012
Nancy L. from Elwood, IL signed.
Oct 6th, 2012
Kathleen M. from Nokomis, FL writes:
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GET RID OF THE FOOD STAMP PRESIDENT AND THIS PROBLEM CAN THEN BE SOLVED.
Oct 6th, 2012
Someone from Mountain Home, AR signed.
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Someone from Maynard, MA signed.
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John P. from Milwaukee, WI signed.
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Patricia C. from Port Neches, TX signed.
Oct 6th, 2012
E Ann C. from Victorville, CA signed.
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mike g. from Burbank, CA signed.
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Robert C. from Dallas, TX signed.
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Someone from Austin, TX signed.
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Mel B. from Anchorage, AK signed.
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Robert & Kay M. from Frederick, MD signed.
Oct 6th, 2012
Someone from Roseville, CA writes:
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OUTRAGEOUS - BRING TO THE FOREFRONT - BLAST THE MEDIAS!!!!!!!
Oct 6th, 2012
Adrienne P. from Marrero, LA signed.
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Thomas F. from Corinna, ME signed.
Oct 6th, 2012
Glenroy S. from Rosedale, MD signed.
Oct 6th, 2012
Brigitta M. from Rockville, MD writes:
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I do not understand why this change is being proposed.