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Jeb Bush, Romney wanted more welfare flexibility in 2005



bushwelfare.jpgWelfare jumped onto the presidential stage today with Mitt Romney asserting that President Obama's administration has tried to weaken work requirements under the 1996 law Temporary Aid to Needy Families.

Romney is highlighting the issue in a new ad (see it here) and on the campaign trail. The White House and Obama campaign says it's bogus and that the administration was responding to requests from Republican governors who want more flexibility.

And Democrats have dug up a 2005 memo signed by then-Govs. Jeb Bush and Romney and two dozen other Republican governors seeking "increased waiver authority" to manage the welfare program in their states.

We've sought comment from Bush.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 4:34pm]


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