Jul 31, 1995
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In his address on welfare reform, President Clinton told the National Governors' Association that he is against giving the states more mandates and less money. He also opposes the efforts in Congress to cut child .. Read More
In his address on welfare reform, President Clinton told the National Governors' Association that he is against giving the states more mandates and less money. He also opposes the efforts in Congress to cut child care. The president said cuts in child care could result in more latch-key and neglected children. The president stressed the need to pass a welfare reform bill that demands work and responsibility. He believes any new welfare legislation should provide states both the tools and the flexibility to enforce child support, initiate time limits and work requirements, provide child care, and require young mothers to live at home and stay in school. President Clinton endorsed the welfare reform bill proposed by Seantors Daschle, Breaux, and Mikulski. This legislation, he said, ends the welfare state as we know it, and replaces it with a work-based system. Additionally, the president directed the Secretary of Healt and Human Services to approve any proposed state reforms that incorporate any of the following strategies: time requirements; work requirements, with provisions for child care; the termination of benefits when jobs are turned down; child support requirements; home and school requirements for young mothers, and wage subsidies to employers in place of cash value of welfare and food stamps.