What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : HR 4. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Reauthorize the Federal Welfare Program Which Included New Restrictions on Welfare Eligibility.
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HR 4. Reauthorizing Welfare/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Reauthorize the Federal Welfare Program Which Included New Restrictions on Welfare Eligibility.
house Roll Call 29     Feb 13, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Republicans had pushed welfare reform in 1996 that imposed time limits on benefits and various requirements on recipients. By 2003, the original bill needed to be reauthorized, and Republicans seized the opportunity to tighten its restrictions. The bill they offered changed many provisions of the original law-especially work requirements-but Progressives and most Democrats were particularly concerned that the bill did not provide enough money for child care. Cardin (D-MD) moved to recommit (send back) the bill to the committee that wrote it, with instructions that more child care funding be added. Despite the support of all Progressives and all but one Democrat, the motion failed, 197-221.

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