Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says President Barack Obama is acting like former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in his new policy on welfare.

The Obama administration made a quiet change to welfare rules last week. The adjustments include federal waivers for states relating to certain parts of the 1996 welfare-reform law.

The idea is to allow states to try new methods to get jobs for low-income individuals.

Republicans are outraged by the change, saying it would eviscerate the work requirements that are part of the seminal 1996 law.

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