Huffpost Politics

Paul Ryan Makes Debunked Welfare Claim

Posted: Updated:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says President Barack Obama wants to ease work requirements for welfare recipients even though that claim has been largely debunked by independent fact checkers.

Ryan told donors at a $1.2 million fundraiser in Missouri on Thursday that Obama wants to strip the work requirements from the welfare reform law. Ryan says it showed the president wants to promote dependency on government as a solution to economic woes.

The Obama administration granted a waiver requested by Republican and Democratic governors seeking greater flexibility in how to administer the welfare work requirement in their states. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has seized on that in recent weeks, saying Obama undercut the welfare reform law signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Also on HuffPost:

Political Reaction To Mitt's VP Pick
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Paul Ryan keeps up attack on Obama's welfare policies

New Obama, Romney ads: Education and welfare

Paul Ryan raises $1.2 million in Missouri; makes no mention of Todd Akin

Most Frequently Broadcast Presidential Ads Shifted from Economy to Welfare ...

Paul Ryan stumps near scene of 'you didn't build that' remark

Ryan will talk about welfare today--Obama launches opening salvo of Medicare ...

Romney ad: Obama welfare change leads to 'cycle of dependency'

For the Ryans, a Union Across Political Lines

  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results
Register To Vote