What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Children : HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill Designed to Further Restrict the Abilities of Poor or Jobless Individuals from Receiving Welfare Benefits. (2002 house Roll Call 169)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill Designed to Further Restrict the Abilities of Poor or Jobless Individuals from Receiving Welfare Benefits.
house Roll Call 169     May 16, 2002
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The welfare reform law of 1996 had changed welfare from an entitlement with few restrictions to a temporary assistance program with a number of restrictions. With this bill due for renewal, Republicans decided to take the opportunity to tighten the restrictions further still. Their bill increased the number of hours a recipient was required to work from 30 to 40 per week, and they increased the percentage of recipients a state was required to put to work from 50 to 70. Progressives disagreed with the changes because they felt the existing law was hard enough on welfare recipients, especially in a weak economy. They also felt the Republican bill did not provide enough funding for child care. They backed a Maloney (D-CT) motion to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions that the funding for child care be increased. Republicans, however, did not agree that the program was underfunded. On a strict party-line vote, Maloney's motion to recommit was rejected 207-219, and the bill remained as it was.

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