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The number of able bodied adults on food stamps nearly doubled after the Obama administration lifted a key work requirement.
The congressional reached research service says after that rule was suspended the number of recipients in that category search from one point nine million.
To three point nine million.
That is exactly what house Republicans are trying to avoid on a much larger scale.
About an hour ago we received the results of a rare vote in congress.
And a formal motion to disapprove recent moves by the Obama administration.
To offer more waivers.
This time in the welfare program.
Chief national correspondent Jim Angle has the latest.
After an impassioned debate the house voted 250 to 164 to disapprove actions by health and human services seen as waving the welfare work requirement.
The GOP would end in today's vote armed with two reports from the Government Accountability Office.
When previous HHS secretaries were asked about.
The possibility of waiting work requirements.
HHS responded that and I quote the department does not have authority to waive any of these provisions and -- In addition to saying HHS lacks the legal authority to -- into work requirement GAO issued a second finding saying no previous HHS.
Under presidents of either party has ever claimed the right to -- -- saying quote.
AJ -- has never before granted waivers -- program -- most.
HHS has previously tell states that no waiver authority existed only in the Obama administration has claimed this authority.
The two parties had very different views of the debate.
We're here today to head off.
At the -- -- Obama administration's attempt to get the welfare reform work requirements.
This debate -- -- about process or even policy.
It's about politics.
Indeed in pure politics what started all this was -- July to a memorandum -- -- in which it claimed it had the authority to waive compliance.
And allow states to try other methods and Democrats know secretary of civilians -- only approve waivers that would increase the number workings.
Making ghetto a waiver from some of the rules and the welfare law if and only if they move more people from welfare to work than they would otherwise have done.
Republicans however say that can be done without -- the work requirement.
Democrats argue states that did you -- asked for waivers but you to only asked for waivers from reporting requirement which is said it was draining resources -- -- people who work.
Not the work requirement itself.
Conservative lawmakers see this is part of a bigger power -- This president has repeatedly said if congress won't do it won't do it alone and mr.
-- the answer to that is -- Are you Knox -- democracy you will not.
Let's do it alone.
Ninety Democrats joined Republicans in signaling the administration it cannot change the law without coming to congress Brett.
Jim thank you applications.
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