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house Bill H.R. 890

Banning Work Requirement Waivers for People Applying For Welfare

Argument in favor

People who receive welfare should be required to work. Encouraging low-income groups to find jobs while providing government assistance is the best way out of poverty.

Jstone's Opinion
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04/17/2016
Welfare is intended to save someone from falling below the poverty line when times get hard. Times get better when you have a purpose and/or have a job so this is the only way out and should be promoted. Requiring someone to attempt to work for welfare will not effect those on disability who cannot work so that is a facile argument.
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04/08/2016
If they are able to work, the need to be working, if they are working full time and still can't make it, maybe we look into welfare, but the free ride, living off of tax payers money is junk.
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Raymondwhite's Opinion
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04/11/2016
People needing welfare can't always have the ability to work
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Argument opposed

Not everyone who qualifies for government aid is able to work, and finding a job isn’t always that easy. Insisting that people work to receive federal aid is a tall order.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/19/2015
The government is already imposing a minimum wage, ensuring that the low-skill workers cannot get jobs. This may seem like a good idea in theory, but the reality is that government mandates like this so often create unexpected and unwanted consequences for the very people who are actually in need. We should be focused on reducing the need for welfare and reforming the system, not making it more difficult on those the government itself has already kept in a perpetual state of poverty.
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deercr0ssing's Opinion
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04/29/2016
You do realize there are circumstances your privileged white cis male ass carelessly neglected to think of, right?
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wdunbar06's Opinion
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03/29/2016
A large percentage of welfare recipients began the program because of the fact that they can't work. It doesn't make sense to punish them for the very reason they joined the program to start with.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed March 13th, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 246 Yea / 181 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 28th, 2013

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    The government is already imposing a minimum wage, ensuring that the low-skill workers cannot get jobs. This may seem like a good idea in theory, but the reality is that government mandates like this so often create unexpected and unwanted consequences for the very people who are actually in need. We should be focused on reducing the need for welfare and reforming the system, not making it more difficult on those the government itself has already kept in a perpetual state of poverty.
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    You do realize there are circumstances your privileged white cis male ass carelessly neglected to think of, right?
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    A large percentage of welfare recipients began the program because of the fact that they can't work. It doesn't make sense to punish them for the very reason they joined the program to start with.
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    Welfare is intended to save someone from falling below the poverty line when times get hard. Times get better when you have a purpose and/or have a job so this is the only way out and should be promoted. Requiring someone to attempt to work for welfare will not effect those on disability who cannot work so that is a facile argument.
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    I hesitantly vote nay on this. I believe people who are capable of working should be at least looking for a job in order to get federal assistance, however this bill also would affect those that can't work. The bill needs to be adjusted to give certain exceptions.
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    If they are able to work, the need to be working, if they are working full time and still can't make it, maybe we look into welfare, but the free ride, living off of tax payers money is junk.
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    People needing welfare can't always have the ability to work
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    many people on welfare have jobs not reported. Each able body recipient should be asked to report to the proper office every day at different times, or to do some social work, free.
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    Welfare should also be a teamwork effort between the government and the people. However, as a part of this requirement the government should establish a job guarantee program, assisting welfare recipients in obtaining a job
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    People must contribute and help work I'm some way. They can't just waste away doing nothing on taxpayer money.
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    Should be assessed on an individual basis and really needs to be circumstantially determined based on the individuals disabilities, age and attempts to get a job.
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    People on welfare form the lowest-economic bracket of this country. They are applying because they haven't got good jobs that can support themselves. We cannot force them to do the impossible. Plus, there is no guarantee that they won't look for better work to get out of welfare benefits.
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    There are no Jobs unless you want to be a Prison Guard!
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    Most people are free riding and we need to encourage an active community
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    You should have to do everything you can. This is America, you work hard, you make money. My boss has been looking for employees for years, asking welfare recipients. All of them had the same answer "why should we?"
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    This would have a dramatic and negative effect on the many people who cannot work, and count on welfare to survive. I do however agree with the principle behind the bill, which is that there should be no free lunch... I would propose drafting a more detailed bill, that allowed for case by case decisions to be made.
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    If welfare recipients can't find a job, then they should at least provide some kind of public service for receiving taxpayer-funded benefits.
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    Not everyone who receives welfare support is able to work.
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    Anybody trying to get on Welfare should be required to work, and be checked every year for proof of occupation
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    The constant pressure on welfare recipients to work is doing more long-term harm than good. By forcing people to take the first (and often only) available means of income, this work requirement cultivates dehumanization of the poor, perpetuates the cycle of intergenerational poverty, and sustains income inequality. And obviously—if hopeful recipients cannot work, therein lies an even greater problem. Punishing the poor now will not solve the problem for future generations.
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