What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : HR 4. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote on a Second Democratic Substitute Measure to Reauthorize the Federal Welfare Program, Liberalize Eligibility Requirements, and Increase Funding for Child Care Services. (2003 house Roll Call 28)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 4. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote on a Second Democratic Substitute Measure to Reauthorize the Federal Welfare Program, Liberalize Eligibility Requirements, and Increase Funding for Child Care Services.
house Roll Call 28     Feb 13, 2003
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By 2003, the 1996 welfare reform law needed to be reauthorized, and Republicans were using this as an opportunity to tighten the restrictions of the original bill. The 1996 law imposed a two-year limit on welfare support, mandated that states have at least 50 percent of their recipients working, and required those recipients to work at least 30 hours per week. Republicans wanted to increase the state requirement to 70 percent and the recipient requirement to 40 hours per week, among other changes. Progressives-and Democrats generally-resisted these increases. Cardin (D-MD) proposed a substitute to the Republican plan that would maintain the existing 30-hour-per-week requirement, but would stipulate that 24 of those had to be in certain core activities. Cardin's version would also make it easier for states to provide job training and education to recipients, would extend benefits to legal immigrants, and would increase child care funding by $11 billion over five years. Progressives saw this as a sensible alternative to the Republican plan, and voted for it. Even so, the substitute bill was defeated, 197- 225.

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