What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Less Affluent Women : HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Designed to Further Restrict the Abilities of Poor or Jobless Individuals from Receiving Welfare Benefits. (2002 house Roll Call 165)
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HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Designed to Further Restrict the Abilities of Poor or Jobless Individuals from Receiving Welfare Benefits.
house Roll Call 165     May 15, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The welfare reform law that had passed in 1996 was due for renewal, and House Republicans were determined to use the opportunity to tighten the program's restrictions. In particular, they wanted to increase the number of hours per week a recipient was required to work from 30 to 40, and they wanted to require states to put 70 percent of their recipients to work-up from 50 percent in current law. To pass most important bills in the House, a separate motion must be passed that establishes the ground rules for debate. Usually referred to as the "rule," this separate motion is usually opposed by those opposing the bill itself. Progressives opposed the new welfare law-they felt the original law was unfair to recipients to begin with, so making the requirements more stringent would only make matters worse them-so they were against the bill's rule as well. In the midst of debate on the welfare bill's rule, Republicans moved to order the previous question, a way of ending debate and calling for a vote. Because Progressives opposed the bill itself and its rule, they also opposed holding a vote on either one. They voted "no" on the previous question motion, but it passed anyway, 213-204.

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