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ROMNEY’S WELFARE LIE: Romney Is Lying about President Obama’s Long Record of Making Sure Work Is Part of Welfare

Romney is lying about the President’s support for welfare-to-work requirements. President Obama has a long record of making sure work is part of welfare, and his waivers – requested by Republican governors – require states to strengthen work requirements by at least 20 percent. Romney wanted to go further and allow waivers of time limits, which would undercut the central idea of welfare reform.

Mitt Romney’s latest welfare ad is a complete and utter lie. If Romney wants to talk about issues, he should start by taking his own advice.

  • Both The New York Times and The Washington Post disputed Romney’s claims.
  • President Clinton, who reformed welfare, said Romney’s claims are “not true.”
  • The Republican author of welfare reform says Romney is wrong.
  • Even Newt Gingrich said there’s “no proof” that Romney’s ad is accurate.
  • Must Watch: This OFA video debunking Romney’s false attacks.

The Facts: President Obama’s waivers don’t weaken welfare-to-work requirements. They strengthen them and require states to move at least 20 percent more people to work.

  • The waivers won’t be approved if they weaken or undercut welfare reform or try to avoid time limits on assistance. They’ll be given only to states that test ways to moving more people to work.
  • President Obama has a long record of making sure work is part of welfare. As an Illinois State Senator, he was the lead Democrat on welfare reform and supported work requirements. He worked with Republicans to pass welfare reform, and they later praised his “bipartisan support and work” that helped get it done.

Romney’s Blatant Hypocrisy: As governor of Massachusetts, Romney requested the same kind of waivers that President Obama provided. Romney wanted to go further and allow waivers of time limits, which would undercut the central idea of welfare reform. That wouldn’t be approved under the President’s plan.

Romney Will Say Anything: This is the latest in Romney’s pattern of false and hypocritical distortions of President Obama’s record. Romney would rather lie about the President than talk about issues.