Reports the Associated Press:
What started out as just another bureaucratic memorandum drew a swift rebuke from one of the authors of welfare reform, as well as from senior Republican lawmakers. Having battled to a standoff over President Barack Obama’s health care law, welfare could become another social policy flash point between Republicans in Congress and the administration.
“They have arrogated to themselves complete control over this program, and they did it through what’s essentially foul play,” Robert Rector, a nationally known social policy expert with the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Friday.
He was backed up by House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the senior Republican on the committee that oversees welfare. Camp called the waiver plan “a brazen and unwarranted unraveling of welfare reform,” while Hatch called it a “power grab.”
(See also related ABC News, Huffington Post, and Washington Times stories and Jennifer Rubin blog post.)