Welfare 'As We Know It' Ended In 1996. Did It Help Or Hurt? Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed a bill to get more poor families off benefits and into jobs. And while many low-income families have become more independent. many others were left behind.
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Welfare 'As We Know It' Ended In 1996. Did It Help Or Hurt?

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Welfare 'As We Know It' Ended In 1996. Did It Help Or Hurt?

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Welfare 'As We Know It' Ended In 1996. Did It Help Or Hurt?

Welfare 'As We Know It' Ended In 1996. Did It Help Or Hurt?

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Twenty years ago this week, President Clinton signed legislation to end "welfare as we know it." The new program set limits on benefits and gave states broad discretion on how to spend the funds. Now, far few people get welfare, even though poverty rates are higher. In most states, dollars allocated for welfare benefits have declined.