Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinWashington puts Ethiopia's human rights abusers on notice Overnight Defense: Mattis vows Dreamers in military won't be deported | Pentagon unsure if military parade will be in Washington | Dem bill would block funds for parade Dems introduce bills to block funds for Trump's proposed parade MORE (D-Md.) objected to Hatch’s request to unanimously pass S.J.Res. 50, saying the administration’s rule simply provides states flexibility, something Republicans normally applaud.

In July, the administration decided that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusPro-dependency advocates miss the mark in attacking Kansas welfare reform Pence breaks tie to confirm Trump's pick for religious ambassador The House needs to help patients from being victimized by antiquated technology MORE could waive some welfare work requirements if the states prove they need the flexibility to improve the program. Republican lawmakers have said that is something only Congress can do.

Cardin said he thinks Republicans are using this as a political issue to help their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. 

“I’m disappointed at the partisan nature of this discussion and I say that because I think we’ve all see the ads put out by Mitt Romney on this TANF waiver,” Cardin said.

Hatch said Romney was not asking him to bring up the issue, but that Romney simply agrees with his position on the matter. Hatch also said if states wanted more flexibility they should ask Congress to change the law.

“It’s the responsibility of the Congress to give the states the flexibility on that, not the president,” Hatch said. “The purpose is to stand up for the rights of the Congress that are being ignored here.”