“Superwaiver” Provision in House TANF Reauthorization Bill Could Significantly Weaken Public Housing, Food Stamps, and Other Low-Income Programs
Publication Date: March 2004
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Executive privilege; Economic inequality; Economic projections; Welfare
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.