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“Superwaiver” Provision in House TANF Reauthorization Bill Could Significantly Weaken Public Housing, Food Stamps, and Other Low-Income Programs

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TANF reauthorization legislation passed by the House of Representatives last year includes a controversial provision known as the “superwaiver.” This provision would give sweeping new authority to the Executive Branch to override, at the request of a state governor, almost any federal law or rule governing a long list of low-income programs, including the Food Stamp Program and the public housing program.