WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have followed up Mitt Romney's remarks about people who get federal aid with a bill that would reverse what they call President Barack Obama's relaxation of welfare-to-work requirements.
The House passed a resolution Thursday that would force the administration to rescind new guidelines giving states more flexibility in how they administer the nation's main welfare program. The vote coincides with a torrent of Republican campaign ads saying Obama is trying to gut the law that requires welfare recipients to find work.
The measure would not be signed by the president. But the vote highlighted the Republican campaign charge that Obama is engaged in class warfare, a theme echoed by presidential candidate Romney's statement that Obama represents the 47 percent of Americans who are dependent on government.