Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act

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Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act

Legislation in the United States that significantly changed the American social safety net. Among other provisions, it requires recipients of welfare to find a job within two years of receiving benefits and places a five-year lifetime maximum on benefits. It essentially transformed welfare in the United States into workfare. Proponents argue that this reduces welfare roles and promotes responsibility, while critics contend that it hurts families who need help. It was passed in 1996.
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From Welfare to Workfare focuses on the evolution of Aid to Dependent Children from its enactment in the original (1935) Social Security Act to its demise in the (1996) Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act.
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