House to vote on bill preventing welfare waivers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The House is taking up a politically charged bill that would prevent the Obama administration from waiving any work requirements in the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.

House Republicans are using the bill to renew a political fight that started during the presidential campaign. They say President Barack Obama is trying to gut work requirements in the law - a claim that is disputed by administration officials.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday, though it has little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Last summer, the Obama administration announced it would be willing to grant states waivers of some of the law's requirements - but only if governors can show they will move at least 20 percent more people from welfare to work.

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