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Romney visits Illinois, vows to 'put work back in welfare'
From the Chicago Tribune:
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney brought a raging debate over changes in federal welfare-to-work rules to a suburban factory floor Tuesday, contending he would "end a culture of dependency and restore a culture of good hard work."
Romney combined a fundraising trip to President Barack Obama's home state with a new attack on the administration's plan for easing requirements that welfare recipients find work. The move, aimed at giving states more flexibility on welfare programs, was also the subject of a Romney television ad unveiled earlier in the day.
Speaking at Acme Industries in Elk Grove Village, Romney praised the 1996 agreement between Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republicans that limited the time recipients could receive benefits before finding work.
"I hope you understand President Obama in just the last few days has tried to reverse that accomplishment by taking the work requirement out of welfare," Romney told a group of about 200 factory workers and supporters.
"That is wrong. If I am president, I will put work back in welfare. There is nothing better than a good job to help lift a family, to allow people to provide for themselves and end the spread of a culture of dependency. We must include more work in welfare," he said. "We will end a culture of dependency and restore a culture of good hard work."
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