What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : HR 4. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote on a Democratic Substitute Measure to Reauthorize the Federal Welfare Program, Liberalize Eligibility Requirements, and Increase Funding for Child Care Services. (2003 house Roll Call 27)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 4. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote on a Democratic Substitute Measure to Reauthorize the Federal Welfare Program, Liberalize Eligibility Requirements, and Increase Funding for Child Care Services.
house Roll Call 27     Feb 13, 2003
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Progressive Result
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The 1996 welfare reform law transformed the original welfare program by imposing a number of restrictions on welfare recipients. By 2003 the law needed to be reauthorized, and Republicans sought to tighten the restrictions. Their version raised the work requirement for welfare recipients from 30 hrs to 40 hrs per week, and it required states to get 70 percent of their recipients into a job, up from 50 percent in the 1996 bill. Kucinich (D-OH) proposed a substitute that preserved the original law's requirements on both counts, increased child care funding, and extended benefits to legal immigrants, among other liberalizing changes. Progressives supported this effort to ease what they viewed as a draconian law. With Progressives voting "yes" on this substitute, it went down to defeat, 124-300.

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