Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Watkins: Welfare Report Positive for State

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Watkins: Welfare Report Positive for State

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Oklahoma should be proud of a new report that says the state could have nearly twice as much federal welfare money per family next year than it had four years ago, a congressman says.

"Without question, Oklahoma is providing an example," said U.S. Rep. Wes Watkins, R-Okla.

The report, prepared by a subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, predicts the state could get $7,475 per family compared to $3,777 in 1994. The report credits a sharper than expected drop in welfare cases. And Congressional Republicans cite the new welfare reform law, which ended the guarantee of unlimited aid to the poor and replaced it with state-controlled programs that limit families to five years of welfare and ask able-bodied adults to go to work after two years. Nationally, federal benefits for next year will be $5,662, compared to $3,524, according to the report. "As welfare case loads continue to decline, states are going to have very substantial resources to help the most needy," said Rep. …

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