You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

Napolitano: Obama's Plan to Waive Welfare Work Requirements is Illegal and Unconstitutional

The House voted Thursday to shoot down President Obama’s plan to bypass Congress and waive work requirements for welfare. The changes would allow people in certain states to collect welfare checks for things like bed rest, massage, motivational reading, and helping friends and family with household tasks.

A report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office reveals that members of the administration don’t even have the authority to change the work requirements, yet the Obama administration plans to move forward anyway. Are they breaking the law?

Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on Fox and Friends this morning, and said, “The short answer is they are breaking the law.”

He said there’s definitely a precedent for the executive branch to interfere a bit with the manner in which laws are enforced, but in this case the president is ignoring a clause that was one of the great accomplishments of the partnership between Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, which required welfare recipients to work.

“It’s wrong, it’s illegal, it’s unconstitutional, but he’ll get away with it. He has very little respect for the Congress, very little respect for the Constitution, very little respect for laws that he disagrees with.”

More Stories:

Judge Napolitano: Congress ‘Lacks Will and Discipline’ to Monitor Waves of New Federal Regulations

WATCH: President Obama Admits ‘You Can’t Change Washington From the Inside’

Questions Linger About What Two Slain Ex-Navy SEALs Were Doing in Libya

Follow Fox News Insider, the official blog of Fox News Channel on Twitter and Google+!

Leave a Comment0

Today's Front Page Stories

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News


Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

Greta Is Wired! is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" reveals who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Watch the latest installment, an up-close look at the beloved Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!