Fact Check: Rick Santorum on welfare a ‘gross simplification’


Rick Santorum (Scott Eells)

In his speech, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum repeated a 4-Pinocchio claim that President Obama waived the work requirement for welfare. As Santorum put it, "This summer he showed us once again he believes in government handouts and dependency by waiving the work requirement for welfare. I helped write the welfare reform bill; we made the law crystal clear -- no president can waive the work requirement.”

This is a gross simplification of a complex issue. As we wrote in our original column, the Obama administration certainly appears to have committed a process foul in the way that it said it would consider waivers for worker participation targets, made in response to a request from GOP and Democratic governors. But one cannot make the rhetorical leap that Santorum does and conclude that this means that Obama believes in government handouts and dependency.

Here is the link for the original column.

Glenn Kessler has reported on domestic and foreign policy for more than three decades. He would like your help in keeping an eye on public figures. Send him statements to fact check by emailing him, tweeting at him, or sending him a message on Facebook.
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