What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : HR 4. Reauthorizing Welfare/Passage of a Bill to Reauthorize the Federal Welfare Program Which Included New Restrictions on Welfare Eligibility. (2003 house Roll Call 30)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 4. Reauthorizing Welfare/Passage of a Bill to Reauthorize the Federal Welfare Program Which Included New Restrictions on Welfare Eligibility.
house Roll Call 30     Feb 13, 2003
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One of the most significant pieces of legislation of the Clinton presidency was, ironically enough, a centerpiece of the Republican agenda--welfare reform. The 1996 bill imposed time limits on benefits and work requirements for those who received them. The bill's authorization had expired by 2003, and Republicans saw the reauthorization process as a chance to tighten the law's restrictions. States under the original law had been required to have 50 percent of their welfare recipients at work; the new version raised it to 70 percent. The original law had required recipients to work at least 30 hours per week; the new law raised that number to 40 hours per week. The new welfare bill also added $1 billion to child care and $200 million (to be matched by $100 million from the states) for marriage promotion programs. Progressives felt the more onerous requirements were unnecessary and likely to be difficult to meet in a slow economy, so they opposed the new bill. They voted "no," but the bill still passed, 230-192.

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