What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Less Affluent Women : HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill Designed to Further Restrict the Abilities of Poor or Jobless Individuals from Receiving Welfare Benefits. (2002 house Roll Call 166)
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HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill Designed to Further Restrict the Abilities of Poor or Jobless Individuals from Receiving Welfare Benefits.
house Roll Call 166     May 15, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In 1996, Republicans had successfully changed welfare from an entitlement to a two-year temporary assistance program that came with a number of strings attached. By 2002 the program needed to be renewed, and Republicans wanted to make the program's restrictions tighter. They sought to increase the work requirement for recipients from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week and to raise the percentage of recipients a state was required to put to work from 50 to 70. Progressives opposed these changes as unnecessarily harsh and unrealistic in a sour economic climate. In the House, most bills are accompanied by a "rule" that sets restrictions on the coming debate. This rule must be voted on separately before the bill itself can be considered. Progressives opposed the rule for the welfare bill because they opposed the bill itself, but their "no" votes were not enough to carry the day. The rule for the welfare bill passed, 214-205.

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