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Welfare Reform

             Whether you collect it, or you pay for it (and for EVERY.
             working American does one of the two), most citizens of our country are familiar.
             with it. Yet as every second of every day passes, more and more taxpayer's money is being allotted to this growing epidemic called welfare. The Personal.
             Responsibility Act, signed by the President, was a monumental change in welfare.
             as we know, or used to know it. The welfare system is still in need of a more.
             strict and stringent policy reform, yet the Personal Responsibility Act was a.
             prodigious step in the right direction.
             In the past few years, the federal governments and state governments.
             have tried to change and improve the welfare system. The Clinton Administration.
             campaigned to "end welfare as we know it." The Administration's proposal limits.
             AFDC benefits to two years, during which employment services would be provided.
             to recipients. Nearly 20 welfare reform bills have been introduced in the 103rd.
             Congress. Besides the above mentioned bill, three major proposals were offered.
             by Republican members: The GOP Leadership Welfare bill, The Real Welfare Reform.
             Act, and The Welfare and Teenage Pregnancy Reduction Act. Now the Republicans.
             have pulled together a strong and controversial bill on welfare reform. The.
             Personal Responsibility Act is an attempt to overhaul the welfare system by.
             putting limits on eligibility and reducing dependency on government. This bill.
             addresses the increasing problem of illegitimacy, requires welfare recipients to.
             work, and caps welfare spending. Current programs will be consolidated, time.
             limits will be placed on benefits and savings are to go to deficit reduction.
             The bill's main thrust is to give states greater control over the benefits.
             programs, work programs, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
             payments and requirements.
             Under the bill, the structure for AFDC payments will drastically change.
             Mothers under the age of 18 may no longer receive AFDC payments for children.

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