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Table: The Battle Over The Dole


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TABLE: The Battle Over the Dole

THE CLINTON PLAN THE GOP PLAN

TIME LIMITS Cut off AFDC benefits to mothers Cut off AFDC benefits to

families

24 or younger after two years after two years, and set

lifetime

unless they get training or a job. limit on AFDC of five

years.

SPENDING Provide $9.5 billion for such Cap spending on many pro

grams for

things as job training and child for the poor. Convert

food and housing

care subsidies to get mothers programs into a cash

grant to the

off welfare and help the working states. Cut some state

block grants

poor. by 5%.

PENALTIES Reduce benefits to women Deny AFDC and housing

benefits to

who refuse to name the fathers children if mothers are

under 18, and

of their children, and enforce use the savings for adop-

tion, orphanages, or

child-support awards. homes for unwed moms.

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK


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