Biden Eyes Expanding Welfare State, Overturning Clinton-Era Reform

WASHINGTON—President Bill Clinton in 1996 signed welfare reform into law, fulfilling his campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it.” A quarter-century later, advocates of the reform law accuse the Biden administration of overturning the bipartisan accomplishment, calling its proposal an “attack” on American welfare system. A majority of both Democrats and Republicans voted for the reform bill in 1996 in an effort to break what they termed a culture of poverty and dependence. Ten years after signing the bill, Clinton took a victory lap declaring welfare reform a “great success,” in a New York Times op-ed. The reform law ended more than 60 years of guaranteed cash assistance begun in President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. It turned a dysfunctional cash welfare program into an effective jobs program for the poor, according to conservatives who now blame President Joe Biden for reintroducing a culture of dependence. “The welfare reform …

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