Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act(redirected from Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity 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.