Welfare waiver in stimulus bill more than doubled able-bodied food-stamp recipients by 2010

posted at 12:41 pm on September 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Debate continues over whether Barack Obama’s command to waive the work requirement of the 1996 welfare reform is legal, and if it offers states a way out of effectively enforcing the Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents rule that required those recipients to start working at some job in order to receive benefits.  A new report from the Congressional Research Service released last week to Rep. Eric Cantor shows that the previous temporary waiver of this work authorized by Congress in the 2009 stimulus plan resulted in a massive increase in ABAWD-related claims.  The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein gets the scoop:

Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.

In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”

Some might wonder whether the doubling was part of the overall growth in the SNAP program that resulted from the Great Recession.  That would be a good question, but CRS data (Table 1) shows pretty clearly that the ABAWD increase far outstripped it.   From FY2007 to FY2010, SNAP participants increased by 53.4%, a staggering amount.  But in that same period, ABAWD participants increased by 126.9%, even though by definition they are the most able to find work in the program.  Calculated from FY2008, the increases are 43% and 103%; from FY2009, 21% and 40%.  Each time, the ABAWD increase outstripped the overall increase, although able-bodied adults should have been more successful at finding work to stay off of SNAP.

Clearly the waiver had a disproportionate effect on those able to work.  Whether that was the intent of the order is really beside the point — the result was the gutting of the work requirement imposed by a bipartisan effort in 1996 and signed by Bill Clinton.  Congress refused to authorize the waiver for FY2011 and FY2012, but Obama insisted on imposing it by executive fiat, arguing that it would allow states to set the conditions and not bypass the work requirement.  The data from his first waiver shows pretty clearly that if Obama intended to keep the work requirement in place, he failed miserably in that stimulus plan.

Steve Eggleston points out that the loophole has one benefit for Obama:

I’m not sure that was the intent, but it doesn’t matter.  That was the outcome.


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So…. the 47% just shot up to… what

de rigueur on September 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM

But Romney hates those people didn’t you hear. Can’t believe more people aren’t getting pi$$ed at how this administration throws their tax dollars down the f-ing toilet.

gsherin on September 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Subsidize something get more of it. Except welfare.

Tax something get less of it. Except business investment.

democrat math 1+1=POTATO.

jukin3 on September 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Voters say they’re worse off after four years of Obama, so why is Romney struggling?</blockquote>

Because the moochers like the loot.

Socialism is for the plankton, not for the socialists.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

RACIST REPORT !!!!!

/MFM, libs

pambi on September 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Voters say they’re worse off after four years of Obama, so why is Romney struggling?

Because the moochers like the loot.

Socialism is for the plankton, not for the socialists.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The President understands that when you have fewer people pulling the wagon, and more people riding in the wagon, what’s called for (in that situation) is a bigger horsewhip.

RBMN on September 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

gsherin on September 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I believe people are chapped, but bho want’s as many as possible under big bro’s thumb so they will vote bho/d?
L

letget on September 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

he failed miserably

SCOAMF

faraway on September 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Barry successfully increased his voting base.

bayview on September 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Soon he will be the Food Stamp President of all Americans.

Lily on September 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

It comes down to this:

Vote for the MORMON – or vote for the MORON

NapaConservative on September 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Hey kiddies, Heroin is fun… Your first 3 baggies are free… /Barack Obama mode off…

SWalker on September 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Romney said “47%”.

Today it’s 49%, officially, and Obama want it at 60, minimum.

He loves the modern day plantations, sheeple to hell with you, so long as the Obamas live like Louis XV and Madame Pompadour.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM

When the State controls access to food, the State controls the People.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM

THIS!!

This is appalling…

People don’t have a choice to be able to survive! 0 is NOT doing a dag gummed thing to CREATE JOBS!!!

I am so irked… this jerk just keeps on jerking us off…

And making it impossible for people to be able to find work!

Oh, his plan is working to a “T”…

We are in deep doo doo…

I don’t even know if Romney can fix this…

This has to be his first priority TOTAL JOB CREATION!!

Scrumpy on September 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Work is no longer required for welfare, and the welfare rolls jumped. I wonder how much of the population is on welfare. 47%?

hadsil on September 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM

So what is the weeper of the house and old stone-face in the senate going to do? Nothing, that’s what. They are both useless. So much corruption, so little time.

ultracon on September 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Cantor…. “blah, blah, blah, blah”

ultracon on September 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I haven’t been Romney’s biggest fan, but by hammering on the welfare leeches that are bankrupting the country, he’s winning me back.

One thing in the video really struck a chord, that he’d be doing much better if he were a Latino. This is indisputably true. I admit I’ve been one of the ones hammering him for not having a 10-15% lead over The One. But with the state of this country, the fact that Romney can’t use identity politics is a big negative for him and 48-50% is the best he can hope for. So a 50.1% win is where I should’ve set my expectations (or really 48%, but might as well go down trying.)

sauldalinsky on September 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Welfare nation.

Philly on September 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Or, as the Democrats call them, additional Democrat voters.

Vote Democrat: It’s easier than working!

natasha333 on September 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The Food Stamp President…Ask Not what you can do for your country, ask how much stash can I get from the Obumbler!

Tbone McGraw on September 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Out = America, the New World

In = America, the New Greece

NapaConservative on September 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Come on Romney. Run with the 47%. It’s been handed to you on a silver platter, and it’s a winner.

Curtiss on September 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Wouldn’t there be some mighty sweet justice if Obama won just 47% of the vote on November 6th?

He’s earned a 26% vote but I’d settle for him only getting that part of the Teater demographic.

PappyD61 on September 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

OT: Pakistan man dies after inhaling fumes from burning US flag.

Forgive me for not shedding a tear. Poetic justice.

jazzmo on September 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Run with the message, Mitt. People don’t have a problem with the safety net, they have a problem with the fact that it has turned into a cradle.

blatantblue on September 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Run with the message, Mitt. People don’t have a problem with the safety net, they have a problem with the fact that it has turned into a cradle.

blatantblue on September 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Safety Hammock.

Curtiss on September 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Welfare check + food stamps + a little crack and choom dealing =What’s not to like.

docflash on September 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

…God Bless America…!!!

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Cradle to Grave is what 0 promises…

The Serfs had better buck up and work their collective a*ses off and get busy!

Come on people, whats’ not to like eh?

if you are not on the govt teat, sucks to be you doesn’t it!

Get to work! /

Scrumpy on September 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Notice there are not trolls on this thread? Must be looking in the mirror frightens them.

thatsafactjack on September 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Dummy in Chief

QE3…’cause money comes from the bank…like milk and eggs come from the grocery stores.

Schadenfreude on September 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Hi Jackie!! Lovely day!

Yeah, where are they lol…

Scrumpy on September 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Mitt needs an ad that shows John F. Kennedy with his famous line “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”, have it fade into black and then show Obama making his redistribution statements. A narrator can fill in the details of how the Obama and the democratic party no longer believe in personal responsibility.

An ad like that would do a lot of damage.

jazzmo on September 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Scrumpy on September 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Hello, Scrumpy! Yes, it is a lovely day.

The trolls are mostly over at the poll thread, desperately trying to convince people that Obama’s winning and Romney doesn’t stand a chance.

The convoluted logic is flying and the smell of desperation is rank and rife. LOL!

thatsafactjack on September 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I’m hungry.

Bishop on September 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

everybody gets ice cream!

tom daschle concerned on September 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Safety Hammock.

Curtiss on September 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

What an excellent description – and far more descriptive than “safety net.”

OhEssYouCowboys on September 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Romney’s statement about 47% is statistically correct. It might even be higher! Some state, however, that many (if not most) of this 47% want desperately to get off the dole and get their self respect and dignity back. If that’s true, why would they vote for the man ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEEING that they remain impoverished (with the 47% increasing well into the 50′s), just because they are angry with Romney’s statement? Wouldn’t that be a classic cutting off the nose to spite the face scenario?

MaiDee on September 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Just more bad handling of the economy that will be swept under the rug.

DDay on September 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM

MaiDee on September 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM

low info voters or plain and simple, ignorant!

screwauger on September 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM

thatsafactjack on September 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Lol ain’t that the truth! I try not to mess with the trolls, I leave that to our inhouse experts!!

I just sit back and watch, throw in some encouragement here & there.

And laugh my self silly into a tizzy!! :-)

Scrumpy on September 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

America..Home of the brave, Land of the free stuff!

Bevan on September 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Arrggh….the rats seem to be sinking the ship!

LoganSix on September 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Scrumpy on September 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I just step in to give a little… encouragement… and then I step back and watch the fun. I only make an exception for certain trolls.

Actually, the Bmore is quite right when he says the quality of troll around here is on the decline. Just little 5th tier trolls these days.

thatsafactjack on September 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

gsherin on September 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
jukin3 on September 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Tbone McGraw on September 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Ha Ha Ha

You guys were wondering where that “Obama Money” was?

That lady was smarter than all of us!

IlikedAUH2O on September 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Seriously, aside form this exemption from work or whatever this is, our POTUS has done just about nothing for the poor. And I have news for them; this may not be a favor.

I wish Mitt would go after them with the belief I have in many of the poor. Put them in a position to succeed like getting some jobs back from China.

Mitt’s Dad would be with me to help the unlucky — look at what he did for American Motors!

Everyone acts like they are a waste. MKaybe Mitt in his words. But our POTUS shows it by his actions.

IlikedAUH2O on September 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

FDR: Welfare…”A Narcotic, A Subtle Destroyer of the Human Spirit.”

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/fdr-welfarea-narcotic-subtle-destroyer.html

M2RB: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Resist We Much on September 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

My husband and I truely need help. He has an incurable disease, has about 100 symptoms, has been compared to the final stages of some of the worst diseases. It is unfunded, barely any research, been around over 50 yrs, children get it and most never heard it, unless they get it. Because he was able to touch his nose and get off the exam table, he was turned down. Never mind that his pain is so bad, sleeps most of the day, needs morphine for pain, everything is an exertion. This took place in Arizona.

Another young lady from NY, gets disability because she takes anti-depressants and had a convincing lawyer.

I have had conservatives tell me to help ourselves!! I always thought I was a conservative, but with this lack of compassion, I fit nowhere. I say I not care for Ann Coulter, immediately, I am a liberal!! Craziness. I am disabled also, our car broke down. No support around here. Don’t need to get into my story, just tird of all the hypocrisy.

Conservatives R Us on September 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM