On July 12th, President Obama announced a plan to grant temporary waivers for welfare work requirements to governors who request them. The waivers allow individual states to experiment with new approaches to welfare. If state officials can prove that the limited program will improve their ability to get people on welfare back to work, they may be approved to use the program throughout their state.
Romney ad below:
On July 12th, President Obama announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping the work requirements. "You wouldn't have to work, and wouldn't have to train for a job. they just send you your welfare check."
As described by Governor Mitt Romney, in a letter written on May 19, 2005, the action on welfare taken by President Obama this July was a concession to states' rights.
In this letter, Romney and 7 other governors request the waivers Obama just granted. Their purpose was to gain more state-level flexibility to vary work requirements for welfare so they could try new approaches. George Bush never got around to granting their request. Obama did.
Take a look at the 8 governors who signed this letter. Again, the letter was written to request the action that was finally taken by President Obama this July.
Gov. Mitt Romney, MA
Gov. Haley Barbour, MS
Gov. Gov. Kenny C. Guinn, NV
Gov. Jeb Bush, FL
Gov. Mike Huckabee, AR
Gov. George E. Pataki, NY
Gov. Linda Lingle, HI
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, CA