Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rep. Talent Speaks out against Welfare Offer Says Governors' Plan `Simply Unacceptable'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rep. Talent Speaks out against Welfare Offer Says Governors' Plan `Simply Unacceptable'

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Rep. James M. Talent, R-Mo., is urging his Republican colleagues to oppose a welfare reform plan adopted earlier this month by the nation's governors.

A letter circulated in the House this week by Talent and Rep. Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., said the governors' plan was "simply unacceptable" because it does not limit cash assistance to unwed teen-age mothers and to welfare recipients who have more children.

Talent was one of the main architects of proposals to curb such practices, and the House passed a version of them last year. The Senate passed a milder bill, and President Bill Clinton vetoed the final product.

Earlier this year, Talent said he believed welfare reform would remain on hold until the November election, but at their annual meeting on Feb. 6, the governors unanimously adopted a compromise welfare-reform proposal that won praise from Clinton and congressional Republican leaders, setting the stage for a renewed attempt to enact changes.

Talent said the governors' plan "completely misses the point of what real welfare reform is all about" because it doesn't address illegitimacy or require states to make most recipients work for their welfare checks. …

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