Welfare Repeal

August 22, 1996


Rosemary Dempsey

Action vice president of NOW, who participated in a meeting with high level White House officials last week and will be a part of a demonstration outside the White House today

Debbie Weinstein

Director of the Family Income Division of the Children’s Defense Fund, which focuses on strategies to move families out of poverty

Today President Clinton will sign the Welfare Bill, ending 60 years of federal guarantees of aid to the poor. In so doing, he has outraged a number of his traditional constituencies: unions, women, immigrants, religious groups and children’s advocates. Marion Wright Edelman, head of the Childrens Defense Fund and a personal friend of the Clintons released a scathing condemnation of the President yesterday, calling the bill "the biggest betrayal of children and the poor since the Childrens Defense Fund began. She added "this act will leave a moral blot on his presidency and on our nation that will never be forgotten."

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