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Mitt Romney is releasing a new campaign commercial this morning, which continues to go after Obama for gutting work requirements for welfare. Its interesting that a president who is supposedly a big believer in bi-partisanship would try and destroy a piece of legislation that was negotiated by both parties and signed by the president who he picked to nominate him for a second term.

The first commercial issued by Romney on this topic was criticized by the Obama team as untrue, so this time the Romney team offers proof.  Commercial and transcript follow:


Obama has a long history of opposing work for welfare. Last month, President Obama ended work requirements for welfare. Mitt Romney believes work must be part of welfare and will put work back in welfare.

AD FACTS: Script For “Long History”:

VIDEO TEXT: “Do You Support Work For Welfare?”

VOICEOVER: “Do You Support Work For Welfare?”

VOICEOVER: “Barack Obama has a long history of opposing work for welfare.”

VIDEO TEXT: “Obama Opposes Work For Welfare”

STATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA, ”June 8, 1998: “I Was Not A Huge Supporter Of The Federal Plan That Was Signed In 1996

State Senator Barack Obama, In 1998: “I Was Not A Huge Supporter Of The Federal Plan That Was Signed In 1996.” OBAMA: “You know, let me say one thing about this, because I’ve been very active in drafting the state of Illinois’ welfare proposal and thinking about how do you craft these coalitions. I was not a huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, DC, 6/8/98)

VOICEOVER: “On July 12th, Obama quietly ended work requirements for welfare.”        
 Obama Administration Department Of Health And Human Services: “HHS Has Authority To Waive Compliance … And Authorize A State To Test Approaches And Methods Other Than Those Set Forth In Section 407 [Work Requirements].” “While the TANF work participation requirements are contained in section 407, section 402(a)(1)(A)(iii) requires that the state plan ‘[e]nsure that parents and caretakers receiving assistance under the program engage in work activities in accordance with section 407.’  Thus, HHS has authority to waive compliance with this 402 requirement and authorize a state to test approaches and methods other than those set forth in section 407, including definitions of work activities and engagement, specified limitations, verification procedures, and the calculation of participation rates.” (Information Memorandum, “Guidance Concerning Waiver And Expenditure Authority Under Section 1115,” Department Of Health And Human Services, 7/12/12)


VIDEO TEXT: “The Heritage Foundation: ‘Obama Guts Welfare Reform’”
 “The Heritage Foundation: “Obama Guts Welfare Reform” (Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley, “Obama Guts Welfare Reform,” The Heritage Foundation, 7/12/12)

VOICEOVER: “You wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job.”

VIDEO TEXT: “Obama Drops Work Requirements”

[Obama Administration Department Of Health And Human Services:
“Negotiated Employment Outcomes In Lieu Of Participation Rate
Requirements … Alternative Approach To Measuring Participation …
Comprehensive Universal Engagement System In Lieu Of Certain
Participation Requirements.
” “The following are examples of projects
that states may want to consider – these are illustrative only: Projects
that improve coordination with other components of the workforce
investment system, including programs operated under the Workforce
Investment Act, or to test an innovative approach to use
performance-based contracts and management in order to improve
employment outcomes; Projects that demonstrate attainment of superior
employment outcomes if a state is held accountable for negotiated
employment outcomes in lieu of participation rate requirements; Projects
under which a state would count individuals in TANF-subsidized jobs but
no longer receiving TANF assistance toward participation rates for a
specified period of time in conjunction with an evaluation of the
effectiveness of a subsidized jobs strategy; Projects that improve
collaboration with the workforce and/or post-secondary education systems
to test multi-year career pathways models for TANF recipients that
combine learning and work; Projects that demonstrate strategies for more
effectively serving individuals with disabilities, along with an
alternative approach to measuring participation and outcomes for
individuals with disabilities; Projects that test the impact of a
comprehensive universal engagement system in lieu of certain
participation rate requirements; Projects that test systematically
extending the period in which vocational educational training or job
search/readiness programs count toward participation rates, either
generally or for particular subgroups, such as an extended training
period for those pursuing a credential.  The purpose of such a waiver
would be to determine through evaluation whether a program that allows
for longer periods in certain activities improves employment outcomes.”
(Information Memorandum, “Guidance Concerning Waiver And Expenditure Authority Under Section 1115,” Department Of Health And Human Services, 7/12/12)]

VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney’s Plan Is Different”

VOICEOVER: “Mitt Romney strongly believes work must be part of welfare.”

VIDEO TEXT: “Work Must Be Part Of Welfare”

VOICEOVER: “The Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class”

VIDEO TEXT: “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class”

VOICEOVER: “It’ll put work back in welfare.”

VIDEO TEXT: “Put Work Back In Welfare”

MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney, and I approve this message.”

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