Action Alert
Welfare Reform at 20
Twenty years ago today, welfare reform was signed into law. What have been the results? Well, it’s not the success many are claiming.

A strong and moral society ensures its members can meet their basic needs and give their children fair opportunities to flourish. That is impossible with today’s high levels of poverty.

Safety net programs at their best ensure that we can all weather unpredictable economies and changes in circumstances. The safety net ensures that people have food to eat and a place to sleep, but it also produces long-term gains in improved health, educational achievement, employment and earnings. 


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Twenty years after welfare reform, more Americans are living in deep poverty. Please support support investing in federal programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, food stamps, and housing assistance. Oppose harsh work requirements that leave individuals stranded when training and jobs aren't available.
Welfare reform has not been successful. Fewer people who need cash assistance actually get it, and we've seen a disturbing rise in families living in extreme poverty. Since 1996, hundreds of thousands more families are living on less than $2 per person per day, temporary cash assistance has lost a third of its value, and the safety net has failed to catch millions.
Safety net programs at their best ensure that we can all weather unpredictable economies and changes in circumstances. The safety net ensures that people have food to eat and a place to sleep, but it also produces long-term gains in improved health, educational achievement, employment and earnings.
I hope you'll speak up for the federal programs that serve as a lifeline for millions, and speak out against the policies that exacerbate poverty and limit opportunity.
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