Welfare Reform

August 01, 1996

In a defining moment in his political career, President Clinton announced yesterday he will sign the GOP measure that ends welfare as we know it. The bill easily passed in the House yesterday and goes to the Senate today. President Clinton criticized some aspects of the bill, but called it "a real step forward for our country, our values and for people on welfare." Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole tried to claim the credit, saying that the "first 100 days of the Dole administration have begun 97 days before the election." Many advocates for the poor agree. Guests join us now to explain what this welfare reform means.


Henry Freedman, Executive Director of the Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law in New York City, a group which advocates income support programs that adequately assist people in need.

Dean Herbert London, New York University Professor of Humanities. London ran on Conservative and Republican party tickets for mayor and governor. A member of the board of directors of the Hudson Institute, London’s the author of many books including: Myths that Rule America.

Teresa Funicello, former welfare recipient and organizer, author of Tyranny of Kindness: Dismantling the Welfare System to End Poverty in America