Goodlatte email repeats lies about Obama and welfare-to-work

In an email to constituents, Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte wrote:

In 1996, Congress and the Clinton Administration succeeded in overhauling the nation’s failed welfare system, imposing real work requirements to help break the welfare cycle of dependency. Under the law, all able-bodied participants must work or look for work in order to receive benefits. This program has been tremendously successful in helping families achieve self-sufficiency and efficiently moving welfare recipients into the workplace.

However, it would seem that the Obama Administration is now prepared to unravel this progress. Just a few weeks ago, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quietly issued “guidance” to states regarding the TANF program that could effectively gut the critical work requirements at the center of welfare reform. The HHS guidance expresses the Secretary’s willingness to allow states to seek “waivers” of work requirements for welfare recipients for the first time since the TANF program was created. The Obama Administration’s step toward exempting states from work requirements is of great concern and is not the law’s intent. This is just another example of this Administration’s overreach and unending attempts to act contrary to the intent of the laws passed by Congress.

This particular falsehood has been debunked countless times by nonpartisan fact-checkers. Politifact.com rates it not just false, but “Pants on Fire.”

1 Response to “Goodlatte email repeats lies about Obama and welfare-to-work”


  1. 1 vabelle September 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

    And back we go to the basic question: is Mr Goodlatte’s lie prompted by his stupidity (he actually “bought” the Republican talking points), or his lack of character (he knows it’s a lie, but pushes it anyway)?


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