President Bill Clinton prepares to sign legislation in 1996 that overhauled America's welfare system — and had a profound effect on the collection of child support.
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November 19, 2015 The system was set up to ensure that divorced fathers supported their kids. But it has failed to keep up with growing inequality and the rise of nonmarital births.
President Clinton signs the welfare reform law on Aug. 22, 1996.
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August 22, 2012 Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of President Clinton's welfare overhaul. Republican Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama has gutted the law — even though every major fact-checking organization says the claims are false.
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August 7, 2012 Mitt Romney's campaign charged President Obama with weakening work requirements for welfare recipients by offering waivers to the law. But Obama's campaign says that, as Massachusetts governor, Romney requested waivers as well.
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