The GAO on the Welfare-to-Work Waivers

by Reihan Salam

Louise Radnofsky and Damien Paletta of the Wall Street Journal report that the Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Obama administration give Congress an opportunity to override its controversial welfare-to-work waivers, which some critics have described as a first step towards undermining work requirements. Defenders insist that the waivers are designed to give state governments greater flexibility to facilitate the transition to work, and that the president has the legal authority to grant the waivers without congressional approval.