Magazine article Personnel Journal

Clinton Signs New Welfare Law Emphasizing Work

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Clinton Signs New Welfare Law Emphasizing Work

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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON SIGNED WHAT HE called a "far from perfect" overhaul of the nation's six-decade guarantee of cash assistance to the nation's poor. The new welfare law makes the states responsible for their own welfare programs with federal funding, but requires them to reduce benefits to individuals who refuse to work.

The new law sets a lifetime limit of five years of welfare for each family and requires all able-bodied adults to work after two years of receiving welfare checks. The law, however, contains a hardship clause that makes exceptions to these strict rules for as many as 20% of recipients.

"From now on, our nation's answer to this great social challenge will no longer be a never-ending cycle of welfare," Clinton said during the law's signing ceremony. "Today, we are taking a historic chance to make welfare what it was meant to be: a second chance, not a way of life." He promised that the legislation will recreate the nation's social bargain with those who are economically disadvantaged by again requiring welfare recipients to hold up their end of the bargain by having to return to work within five years of first receiving benefits. …

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