WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today praising House passage of legislation (H. J. Res. 118) blocking the Obama administration’s attempt to undercut welfare reform:
“President Obama is once again failing to lead with his misguided attempt to circumvent requirements central to the success of the historic welfare reforms passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by a Democratic president 16 years ago. At a time when more than 23 million Americans are being denied the opportunity for full-time work – and the pride and independence that comes with it – we cannot afford to undo critical reforms that will help them get back on their feet.
“The House resolution reaffirms Congress’ authority to reject the president’s proposal, and protects the welfare-to-work requirements integral to the program’s success. Americans deserve better, and Republicans will not stand idly by while the president attempts to impose, by executive fiat, another failed economic policy.
“By attempting to increase government dependence rather than expand economic opportunity, President Obama is conceding that his policies have failed. It is time for the president to work with Congress to remove the barriers that are holding back private-sector growth and job creation. He can begin by calling on Senate Democrats to stop blocking nearly 40 bipartisan jobs bills that have been passed the House, and by abandoning his push for a small business tax hike that will destroy 700,000 jobs. The American people aren’t looking for a government handout, they’re looking for a president who will lead.”