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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.