What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Children : HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Final Passage of a Bill Designed to Further Restrict the Abilities of Poor or Jobless Individuals from Receiving Welfare Benefits. (2002 house Roll Call 170)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 4737. Reauthorizing Welfare/Final Passage of a Bill Designed to Further Restrict the Abilities of Poor or Jobless Individuals from Receiving Welfare Benefits.
house Roll Call 170     May 16, 2002
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Republicans had pushed through a welfare reform bill in 1996 that fundamentally changed the program from an entitlement with few requirements to a temporary 2-year assistance program with many strings attached. This law was due to be renewed, and Republicans wanted to take that opportunity to further tighten the restrictions. They sought to increase the work requirement from 30 to 40 hours per week, and to require states to find jobs for 70 percent of their recipients, up from 50 in the existing law. The bill also added some money for child care and programs to promote marriage. Progressives opposed most everything in the bill. They felt there was no need to tighten restrictions on a law they believed was draconian enough in the first place, and they also thought the program needed more funding for child care and less for marriage promotion. All but 14 Democrats joined them in opposition, but their "no" votes were not enough to pull the bill down. The reauthorization passed, 229- 197.

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