Trump moves to restore work requirement for welfare

by Stephen Dinan
August 31, 2017

The Trump administration moved Wednesday to reimpose work requirements for Americans on welfare, revoking an Obama-era policy that had urged states to apply for waivers exempting the poor from having to show they were either getting job training or looking for work.

Requiring work was a key part of the 1996 welfare reform law enacted by a GOP-led Congress and signed by then-President Clinton, and Mr. Trump’s move restores the law as written.

“The waiver option offered by the Obama administration is being replaced today by an expectation that work should always be encouraged as a condition for receiving welfare,” said acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Steven Wagner.

The 2012 Obama policy didn’t outright gut the welfare law. Instead, it pushed states to consider applying for waivers that would let them still pay benefits to people even if they weren’t actively seeking work, job training or meeting other criteria.

78 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    After so many years of loafing, it is only fair that public service be required for getting Food stamps or unemployment checks(requires some form of identification to cash) to help re-building this country.

  • dmttbt says:


  • art says:

    that ‘s not fair , working wil cut down on their drinking time and free time . I say call your democrat or rino senator right away .Put a stop to this madness

  • otoman says:

    This is a bunch of garbage. Why should I have to work for a paycheck? Congress doesn’t!

  • Hans Vandertouw says:

    That system sucks. My wife’s niece had her first child taken away while on welfare and on drugs and because of child neglect. My wife’ brother and his wife adopted him and he has become a wonderful young man. Little niece still doesn’t work because she had another child who is als being neglected. She just had yet another one……. and still gets financial goverment i.e. taxpayers’ assistance!!!! What the f….is going on here??

  • Bobbi says:

    Wow, everybody got shook-up over this EBT card….. Put these dead beats to work even if it’s picking up trash off the street……….. If it was an Access Card it was for freebie food. Some people really do need help and I’m for that, but becoming dependant on the Gov’ if you’re an able bodied person should only be temp’. It is shocking to see so many able bodied men and women using the Gov’ while sitting on their butts drinking soda’s and beer that we pay for…………… I hope they put restriction on its use to real food, no drinks except milk and needy things.

  • metheoldsarge says:

    I think it should go further. Able bodied welfare recipients should be required to do 40 hours a week of community service in order to collect their welfare and food stamps.

  • grannie says:

    Great move. Now they need to make welfare a subsidizing program

  • tryscavage says:

    President Trump’s purpose is to get people off welfare and take a new job created by his economic policy. The Democrat’s purpose is to pay some one for not working as long as they vote for them. Which purpose is moral and which is evil? If you hesitated for even one second I would suggest that you get back to church.

  • Tiger says:

    Obama did another do over against our laws, right this was law and from what I remember congressmen took Obama to court over this. About time that the apple cart is righted.

  • Mike_in_Wasilla says:

    But but…the Never Trumpers said he wasn’t conservative enough. Did they lie to us?

  • American Me says:

    This law should have never been watered down.It is only fair to require people on Welfare to do something to earn their pay.Obama wanted to give everything away including our Country.Open Borders,Free Welfare and Food Stamps,Housing and the list never ends.President Trump has the right idea.

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    why do we need workers from mexico when we still have millions collecting welfare, people are like computers you program them on what you want them to do, and until you get all the updates installed they don’t work , but once you get them up dated they work just fine , if a mexican can do the job well then so can an american, unfortunitly americans ain’t willing to work for 5 cents a pound ,like mexicans ,farmers make millions , and pay worse then slave wages, and no one in government will fix it, that’s the real problem

    1. Pete says:

      Qualify that “farmer” comment please. Corporate farming is the guilty party, Individual farmers are not big enough to hire anyone, Mex or otherwise.

      1. Richard Bagenstose says:

        well i wasn’t talking about little farms ,i’m taking the ones with 5 or 600 acres,like out in cal. where they bring in the mexicans to pick the crops for 5 cents a lb.

        1. Pete says:

          Thanks for the clarification. The little guys in any profession usually takes the heat for the big guys misdeeds.

  • Jose says:

    YEP go ahead and call me racist if you want for saying what seems to be true: Those on welfare are the same one (b) itching and moaning about the government (President Trump), the police and are member of actual racists organizations like blm, la raza, la raze unida, daca, dapa, caca, etc.

  • ssilv48 says:

    Way over due.

  • parthenon1 says:

    It must be racist to require the front porch loungers to go to work !

  • Carol Burkhardt says:

    There’s a down side to every good effort. When you think of jobs for low IQ, undisciplined welfare recipients, you may be thinking of scores of workers keeping the streets and govt buildings clean. But you’d be WRONG. Reality is that these unskilled recipients are placed in front line good government jobs! Have a problem with a social security new married name? Guess who you’re going to have to talk with…and watch your problem become even greater. Have to get a gov’t required special license for your business? Get ready for misinformation and total chaos due to the gov’t employee’s total incompetence. Yes, jobs that pay a living page (more than welfare income) require a basic level of intelligence and transfer of knowledge skills..that many recipients don’t have. Be forewarned.

  • roboteq says:

    Welfare reform must encourage people to work without doing financial harm. Many on welfare cannot find work that will pay well enough to care for their family and allow the recipient of welfare to work. This is why work place child care needs to be provided for those with limited skills. Many on welfare are caught in a Catch-22 situation where they cannot afford to work under current programs.

  • Naomi Lackey says:


  • CCblogging says:

    There’s a bottom to every well and we have reached it. I am angry that I have to work and pay taxes that are then given to those lazy do nothings. Time to go to work lazy ones.

  • Marilynn Reeves says:

    Go Trump–include drug testing too.

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      For all government officials as well, since we, the taxpayers, are paying their paycheck. We’d like to know that those supposedly representing us are physically and mentally fit for the job, and not just addicted to taxpayer dollars and other things.

      1. Retired says:

        Start with congress down to your local Government .

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    Man, it’s so weird having a President with integrity after so many years of Bushes, Clintons, and the communist muslim.

    2nd Thessalonians 3:10 – “…If any would not work, neither should he eat.”

    (Don’t confuse “would not” with “could not”, liberal trolls)

  • usmcltc says:

    Obama is probably really upset this morning when he found out that his dead-beat voters may have to look for a job or attend job training to receive welfare. Good move for President Trump!

  • retired4ever says:

    A little sanity back in the White House? Bout time!

  • pappy450 says:

    Here in N.Y. Someone like me, that has worked and is now collecting Social Security, get a pittance to live on. I stood in line in a grocery store and watched a young “family” of four with a cart full of SOME “food”, the rest SNACKS, CHIPS, DIPS SODA, etc. “pay” for it with an EBT card, then while his “wife” waited, he walked over to an ATM with the same card, get MONEY, and went back to get their BEER and CIGARETTES. Isn’t this a GREAT country or what?

    1. bobnstuff says:

      And you know were the money on that card came from, how? I have a EBT card that get the child support payments on it. No welfare involved. He could also be a disabled vet who like many get food stamps. In fact he could be active military on leave since with a family of four he would be in an income level that unless he was a Master Sargent or above he could get food stamps. The thing is you are making assumptions based on prejudices but with no facts to back them up.

      1. chw2000 says:

        “The thing is you are making assumptions based on prejudices but with no facts to back them up”.
        That’s exactly what you do.
        Phuk you!

        1. Retired says:

          That is bobnbullshitsky ,always saying the opposite of what is real life . Another AKnoLady , might be one and the same .

      2. kbfallon says:

        Tell that to a jackazz and he’ll kick you upside the head.

        1. Pete says:

          bob is a bombastic bull shipper. pulls “facts” from where the sun doesn’t shine.

          1. Retired says:

            He has not seem sunshine for decades .

        2. Retired says:

          Would not have to kick very high, his head is up his rear . Hasn’t had fresh air for years .

      3. Retired says:

        Still out supporting the scum with your lies . I see this practice constantly when grocery shopping at a place like Aldies that accepts the EBT cards but no Credit cards .

      4. otoman says:

        Though the card you use is a card to electronically receive child support, it is not an EBT card in the designed sense. An EBT card is specifically used to receive SNAP benefits. In other words, WELFARE assistance generally used for food. I won’t judge whether youre intent was to deceive, but you have now been corrected!

        1. bobnstuff says:

          It says EBA right on it.

          1. otoman says:

            ODD, look up the definition for yourself. I did! Maybe you are receiving some form of govt subsidy. Is the govt providing your child support and not the other parent? My govt card that I receive my S.S. through is not marked EBT!

          2. bobnstuff says:

            It’s a access card , in Pa they put everything on it, if I got food stamps or any public assistance it would be put on it as well as child support since it’s also run through the state. The system does not work well by the way. It can take two months from the time you pay support for it to pass through the system.

  • bobnstuff says:

    I love how our president doesn’t check his facts before he speaks. The wavers did remove the work rule it just gave the states the power to develop their own versions. No wavers were ever given and only one state even allied, Ohio.

    “In 2012, the Obama administration said it would be willing to grant
    states waivers to some of the requirements to the Clinton-era welfare
    reform law of 1996 — as long as governors could show they could
    accomplish the same welfare-to-work goals using different methods.”

    Read more here:

    1. Bob says:

      If only one state requested it, then I guess it matters not that it is ended. Why are so many against it, then? Could it be, and I’m just guessing here, that you and yours would find fault with everything this President does or says?

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Who is against it? I have seen little or no complains about it except the one size fits all nature of it. Trump is trying to make an issue out of nothing. As you say it doesn’t matter however it does take power back from the states that was given to them. The only thing Trump is doing is trying to pretend he is doing something. Do you think he even knows that in fact he is doing nothing?

        1. chw2000 says:

          Phuk you!

        2. CintiCB says:

          You seem to be slipping. Where are all of your cries of ‘racism’?
          Ask any black Welfare recipient and they will tell you that more whites get Welfare than blacks do. So, if you use your default claim of ‘racism’, you’d be saying that Trump was racist against whites.

        3. kbfallon says:

          Don’t be an azzhole your whole life–take a day off once in awhile.

          1. Retired says:

            He can’t that is his nature .

        4. Bob says:

          “As you say it doesn’t matter however it does take power back from the states that was given to them.” First off, really? You complain about power being taken from the states after all that has been removed from them in the last 8 years? How about the power that was removed in order to give us Obama-care?

          Secondly, who gave them this power? Another President sis. If one can delegate said power FROM the Fed to the State, another can reverse it.

          “Who is against it?” Well, let’s see. The media, the Democrats (redundant), any liberal with a key board. You. If no one is against his removing this “power”, why is there even a news story? Is it because you are running out of steam and need another thing to start a new media inspired “scandal” as the other are petering out?

      2. Retired says:

        That would be bobnbull .

  • TexRancher says:

    Excellent! Time to get career welfare collectors off the welfare rolls! People who have never worked a day in their lives who live off the taxpayer and pass it from generation to generation!

    1. Retired says:

      They just move to another state and start all over as there is no national registry .The Welfare Queens need the tubes tied after the Second child without a father .

  • Uncle Pat says:

    No free man physically and mentally able should collect one penny of welfare.

    1. kbfallon says:

      Any man with any self worth or dignity would be ASHAMED to even apply for it.

      1. Retired says:

        They have been trained not to have shame or dignity .

  • Roy Thomas says:

    Wonderful and overdue. The ghetto trash can earn minimum wage for cleaning up their own garbage. But then, all they have to do is keep dirting up their slums to ensure lifetime “employment”. Eventually, they may get tired of that and just pick up bottles and cans for redemptions, all the while hoping the Democraps will save them with future welfare promises and payouts.

  • CCblogging says:

    John Smith, was in charge of an early American settlement and he made the statement, “Those That Don’t Work Shall Not Eat” Now hurry welfare freaks or you will be late for work.

    1. Peter Smith says:

      He was quoting the Scriptures, but then, the original settlers came to this nation to practice their religion(s) as they saw fit.

      1. CCblogging says:

        Yes, that is mentioned in the scriptures and John Smith gave it as a warning to the lazy among them. We need that approach now.

        1. Peter Smith says:


  • otoman says:

    NOOOO, this just can’t be. WHY should people have to work for their living? (sarcasm!)

    1. GinaVLee says:

      Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family!!!
      On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four
      weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it

    2. Bob says:

      Requiring work for money? What are you, a fascists?

      1. CCblogging says:

        Not supporting the bums will be called racism by the Dims.

        1. otoman says:

          No it’s not racism. It’s bigotry against the lazy! They have a right to be lazy if they so choose and because they’re human they should be paid for their laziness. Ask any liberal!

      2. otoman says:

        Why should I have to work for a living, congress doesn’t! Lol!

        1. Bob says:

          Requiring Congress to work would be un-Constitutional, in their eyes. More to the point, if they screw up as much as they do working part time, can you imagine the massive “clusters” that would result from them working an entire year?

          1. Roy Fredrichsen says:

            Oh! It is not happening now?

      3. otoman says:

        You lost me? I’m self employed and according to liberals as a business owner I’m not supposed to make money. It’s all supposed to be given to my employees and the government!

        1. Bob says:

          Absolutely. Why else would we pining so hard for a Socialist candidate for President? Remember, you didn’t build that business. The benevolent Government allowed you to do so on the back of your oppressed worker who should receive their “fair share” (somewhere between 99-101%) of the fruits of their labor. Have you not been listening the past 8 years? (tongue placed firmly in cheek)

    3. Danny Taylor says:

      maybe for self worth?
      or pride or for Black lives matter??

      1. otoman says:

        Self worth? Then liberals should pay themselves for their worthlessness!

    4. Pete says:

      Just a thought, How much will this work requirement deplete the recruiting pool for George Soros goon squads (antifa etc)? Can’t riot when your working. A single solution that helps solve more than one problem.

      1. otoman says:

        Good thought! Except there are way to many snowflakes with college degrees not working and still living with their parents. I just get so confused at how a liberal can be so educated and still be dumber than a hay rake with no tines! They are just solid evidence that an education does not create wisdom!

        1. Pete says:

          A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but academia manages to waste the minds of an inordinate number.

          1. otoman says:

            Unfortunately liberals equate academia with wisdom. Even a wise man can’t figure out that equation!

  • The_Frog_Prince says:

    Yes! Workfare for the lazy…

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