During an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd today, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad falsely claimed that the administration single-handedly weakened work requirements in the welfare law, despite Todd’s fact checking.
BRANSTAD: We reformed welfare in the 1990s, now the Obama administration’s trying to undo the work requirement.
TODD: Wait a minute, Gov. Branstad, I can’t let that go. They haven’t done that. [Crosstalk] You leveled a charge about the welfare work requirement. It turns out that’s not true. Where did you get your information?
BRANSTAD: It absolutely is. I was one of the governors that helped get it, and when we passed it, it was designed not to be waived. And now the President of the United States has, by executive order in July, weakened that which was very effective.
TODD: The waivers are for state governors. The waivers are for you. If governors weaken it to a certain point, the federal government yanks the waiver. [...] Nothing about this issue, every charge that has been leveled about this welfare reform order that the president signed, every accusation that has been leveled by some Republicans have been proven to be not true.
BRANSTAD: Well, the fact of the matter is that the president did it. He didn’t have to take this action to weaken the strong work requirement that was passed.
TODD: It doesn’t weaken it…The works still there, governor, it’s still there.