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GOP May Seek Vote on Welfare Waiver Proposal

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Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch is considering pressing for a vote on a proposal that would repeal a White House move designed to give states more flexibility in implementing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

"It's absolutely untrue," White House senior adviser David Plouffe said Sunday on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos."

According to the GAO, HHS has informed states that it would use the waiver authority to allow states to test various strategies, policies and procedures designed to improve employment outcomes for TANF recipients.

To be eligible for a waiver, states must submit an evaluation plan, a set of performance measures that states will track to monitor performance and outcomes, and a budget that includes the costs of program evaluation. States must also seek public input on the proposal prior to approval by HHS.

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