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Four Okla. Congressmen Vote to Rescind Work Requirement (Sep 21, 2012)

WASHINGTON - Almost all of Oklahoma's delegation voted yesterday for a bill that would reverse what House Republicans call President Obama's relaxation of welfare-to-work requirements.

19 Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK2)joined the GOP in passing a resolution that would force the administration to rescind new guidelines giving states more flexibility in how they administer the nation's main welfare program.

U.S. Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK1) did not vote on the measure.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK4) Tom Cole called the president's decision "unacceptable."

"The Obama administration's unilateral action to waive welfare work requirements undermines a hugely effective bipartisan reform that has helped lower poverty and increase employment among struggling American families since 1996," Cole said.

The measure faces an uphill path in the Democratic-led Senate and would not be signed by the president.


Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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