The Romney campaign issued a statement from Newt Gingrich this afternoon accusing President Barack Obama of deciding “to cater to the radical left wing of his party and undo welfare reform.” The former speaker of the House characterized the Obama administration’s decision to issue waivers to states easing the requirements for people to qualify for assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program as undoing the “central concept” of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.
“As an architect of the historic and bipartisan 1996 welfare reform bill, I am disturbed and angered that the Obama administration is undoing the act’s central concept of a welfare-to-work requirement. The hugely successful reform saved billions for taxpayers. More importantly, it began to dismantle the culture of dependency that welfare had fostered: two out of three people on welfare went to work or went to school,” Mr. Gingrich said. Read More