Mary-Sarah Kinner, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's press secretary, said Nevada had not and would not seek a waiver. Ally Isom, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's deputy chief of staff, acknowledged that Utah sought waivers but not from work requirements.
The administration says work requirements are not on the table.
It's unclear where the welfare debate will go next. The administration said Wednesday there are no plans to reconsider the waiver policy. Congressional Republicans are pursuing legislation to block the waivers, but it's unlikely to advance beyond the GOP-dominated House.
Republicans also face a tricky political calculation because some see racial undertones in making an issue out of programs like welfare and food stamps. The latest statistics show the welfare caseload is divided thus: 33 percent black, 31 percent white and 29 percent Hispanic.
Gingrich addressed the race issue. "To have an honest discussion about dependency doesn't mean you are being a racist," he said.
Associated Press writers Ivan Moreno in Salt Lake City and Sandra Chereb in Carson City, Nev., contributed from Utah.
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