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Mitt Romney: Mothers should be required to work outside home or lose benefits

Posted: April 17, 2012 |   Comments

Finally, a price on mothering - minimum wage.
On Sunday, Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg told The Huffington
Post in an email, "Moving welfare recipients into work was one of the
basic principles of the bipartisan welfare reform legislation that
President Clinton signed into law. The sad fact is that under President
Obama the poverty rate among women rose to 14.5 percent in 2011, the
highest rate in 17 years. The Obama administration's economic policies
have been devastating to women and families."

Mitt Romney, however, judging by his January remark, views
stay-at-home moms who are supported by federal assistance much
differently than those backed by hundreds of millions in private equity
income. Poor women, he said, shouldn't be given a choice, but instead
should be required to work outside the home to receive Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families benefits. "[E]ven if you have a child 2
years of age, you need to go to work," Romney said of moms on TANF.Recalling his effort as governor to increase the amount of time women on
welfare in Massachusetts were required to work, Romney noted that some
had considered his proposal "heartless," but he argued that the women
would be better off having "the dignity of work" -- a suggestion Ann
Romney would likely take issue with.

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