Is Bob Kerrey Still Against Bipartisan Welfare Reform?

July 19, 2012

FISCHER: “It Is Very Disappointing That The President Is Attempting To Make Changes To TANF, Even Though He Lacks The Constitutional Authority To Do So.”

“I Believe Nebraskans Deserve To Know Whether Or Not Mr. Kerrey Still Stands By His Vote Against Bipartisan Welfare Reform And Where He Stands On The Bills Proposed Today That Would Prevent President Obama From Making Unilateral Changes To The Welfare Reform Act Of 1996.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 19, 2012 - In response to the Obama Administration’s decision to circumvent Congress and make unilateral changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer released the following statement:

“It is very disappointing that the President is attempting to make changes to TANF, even though he lacks the Constitutional authority to do so.

“Any changes to TANF or any other existing laws should be done through Congress. President Obama has already set an unfortunate precedent of refusing to enforce existing laws or changing them without Congressional approval.

“Today, House and Senate Republicans introduced a bill that would block the Obama administration from weakening welfare rules without their approval.

“What President Obama should be doing is opening dialogue with the Republican-led House and working towards bipartisan solutions. I believe Democrats and Republicans could have come to a commonsense consensus to give states more flexibility on TANF waivers.

“My opponent Bob Kerrey voted against the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, the bipartisan landmark bill that was supported by President Clinton and 25 Senate Democrats, and created a very successful program to get Americans back to work.

“I believe Nebraskans deserve to know whether or not Mr. Kerrey still stands by his vote against bipartisan welfare reform and where he stands on the bill proposed today that would prevent President Obama from making unilateral changes to the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.”