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. She pays particular attention to crises dominant between the New Deal and the Great Society, a period in which details usually get little attention from social welfare historians.
The "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1995," H.R.4, which was passed by the Congress and vetoed by the President, would have exempted EBT programs that distribute needs-tested benefits and are established or administered by states or localities.
H.R.4, the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1995," which was passed by the Congress and vetoed by the President, contains provisions to exempt EBT programs that distribute needs-tested benefits and are established or administered by states or localities.
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