Twenty years after federal welfare reform, cash assistance is becoming rare in many states, and provides little help to those who get it.
Even liberal-leaning USA Today admits that welfare reform worked: Twenty years ago, a Democratic president and a Republican Congress replaced a welfare system that fostered dependence with one that encouraged
The 1996 Welfare Reform Act (PRWORA) made it more difficult for non-citizens to access means-tested welfare benefits. However, that law also allowed states to use their own funds to extend means-tested welfare benefits to non-citizens...Show More Summary
Over the last few years, liberals have become more and more convinced that the welfare reform of 1996 immiserated the poorest Americans. Scott Winship of the Manhattan Institute has a new paper arguing that many measures of child poverty have dropped since that reform. Show More Summary
Yesterday marked 20 years since Bill Clinton’s controversial welfare reform bill went into effect, replacing America’s old safety…
"Our society is generating poverty and inequality, and generating it way more for low-income women of color than it is for anybody else."
America’s poorest are still dealing with the consequences of the legislation that Bill Clinton signed into law two decades ago today.
A recent UNICEF report found that the U.S. ranked 34th on the list of 35 developed countries surveyed on the well-being of children. According to the Pew Institute, children under the age of 18 are the most impoverished age population of Americans, and African-American children are almost four times as likely as white children to be in poverty. Show More Summary
Robert Rector Politics, A big anniversary with even bigger implications? Today is the 20th anniversary of welfare reform. Two decades ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation...Show More Summary
Last year, Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi made a decision that could disrupt the lives of nearly 84,000 of his state's poorest residents. There was no public announcement or debate. It took a critical report by advocates and a swell in media coverage to alert policy circles to what was coming. Show More Summary
Welfare reform is 20 years old. On Aug. 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), “ending welfare as we know it.” Strategically placed next to him for the photo was Lillie Harden, an African-American mother from Little Rock, Ark., who had spent two years on welfare but now […]
Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reauthorization Act, promising famously to “end welfare as we know it.” The goal was to ease poor people away from depending on government and encourage them to work instead. The main achievement of “welfare reform,” as it was better […]
The bill was signed on Aug. 22, 1996
Leah Jessen Politics, What you need to know. Over the last 20 years, welfare reform has reduced poverty trends, national welfare experts say. President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996. Show More Summary
“Welfare reform” turns 20 this month and that’s nothing to celebrate. While the redesigned program, now called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or “TANF,” is charged with helping low-income families with dependent children build a better life, it has fallen short of that promise. Show More Summary
The changes come amid broader efforts in Washington and many states to reform drug policies and criminal justice approaches. And they reflect a growing consensus that helping people when they are released from prison can increase the chances that they don’t end up going back. Show More Summary
In the wake of welfare reform, unemployed people are pushed to quickly find work, any work. But too often those jobs lead nowhere.
Tony Abbott lost his leadership in part by pushing too hard on unpopular measures he thought necessary - especially spending cuts and needed welfare reforms…
The welfare reform movement of the 1990s really was the political peak of the white backlash that began having political success in the mid-1960s, when the civil rights movement came to the north and west, outraging whites in those regions with demands for the end of de facto segregation, the end of police violence against […]
Last week, I noted around here that the House Republican agenda, now being rolled out in stages, is both impressive and tragic. The substance, particularly on welfare and regulatory reform, has been quite good on the whole. But thisShow More Summary