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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!

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Jan 8th, 2013
Judy B. from Hesperia, CA signed.
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Someone from Pfafftown, NC writes:
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Amen!
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Terry Lee C. from Saint Augustine, FL signed.
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Jonathan C. from Abingdon, VA signed.
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Nancy L. from North Richland Hills, TX writes:
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Work is good for the soul No welfare for illegal aliens
Jan 8th, 2013
Janice F. from Dublin, VA writes:
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Do not give federal aid to states who go along with the Obama health care program.
Jan 8th, 2013
Lois P. from Milwaukee, WI signed.
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Lois P. from Milwaukee, WI signed.
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rudy c. from Morgantown, WV signed.
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Benton B. from Frederick, SD signed.
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Saras S. from Spring, TX signed.
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David S. from Greer, SC signed.
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janice F. from Dublin, VA writes:
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Every state should be responsible for their welfare programs. I should not have to pay taxes to help people in Texas when I live and work in Va.
Jan 6th, 2013
Stan R. from Dublin, OH signed.
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Louise M. from Argyle, TX signed.
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Gail K. from Oak Creek, WI signed.
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pat m. from North Las Vegas, NV signed.
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Kathy R. from Panama City, FL signed.
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Charles H. from Oriental, NC signed.
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Diane R. from Iowa Park, TX signed.
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Michael W. M. from Lilburn, GA signed.
Jan 4th, 2013
Lorraine H. from Vero Beach, FL writes:
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No WORK, no PAY!! I am outraged that President Obama is acting alone as a dictator concerning welfare, and MORE!!
Jan 4th, 2013
Glenn S. from Easton, MD signed.
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James W. from Palm Coast, FL signed.
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Someone from Cincinnati, OH writes:
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I think the hours worked should be more than 20, how about 40?
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Someone from Port Saint Lucie, FL signed.
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Jan 3rd, 2013
Gail K. from Oak Creek, WI signed.
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AIDA M. from Kissimmee, FL writes:
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State know better how to manage and control our taxdollars avoiding frauds and making sure it is invested correctly.
Jan 3rd, 2013
Edwin H. from Lake City, FL signed.
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Shirley L. from Denver, NC writes:
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It can be better controlled so much waste, sold drugs, sold food stamps. It is a mess