What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote on Democratic Version of Bill Designed to Ease Restrictions on Welfare Benefits. (2002 house Roll Call 168)
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HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote on Democratic Version of Bill Designed to Ease Restrictions on Welfare Benefits.
house Roll Call 168     May 16, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

One of the biggest Republican victories since taking over the House in 1995 was the welfare reform law of 1996. The law changed welfare from an entitlement to a twoyear temporary assistance program with strings attached. Republicans sought to use the first renewal of this law to tighten its restrictions still further. They wanted to increase the number of hours a recipient was required to work from 30 to 40 per week, and they wanted to increase the share of recipients a state was required to get into a job from 50 percent to 70 percent. Progressives disliked these changes, because they felt the provisions listed above from the original welfare reform law were too hard on welfare recipients in the first place. In their view, making the law more stringent would only worsen the situation, especially in the weak existing economy. They favored a substitute offered by Cardin (D-MD) that maintained the existing 30-hour-per-week requirement, increased child care funding more than in the Republican bill, tied federal funding for the states to inflation, provided assistance to legal immigrants, and allowed education and training programs to count toward a state's employment rate. Though all but ten Democrats supported this substitute, all but four Republicans voted against it. It was rejected 198-222.

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