WELFARE: Small Step, Big Symbol

When the 92nd Congress convened last January, the Nixon Administration sought and got the designation of H.R.I—the number given the first bill introduced in the House of Representatives —for the proposed Family Assistance Plan to reform the welfare system. In the months that followed, as taxpayer resentment of the existing system grew because of ever-mounting welfare costs, H.R.I wound up in legislative limbo, sacrificed to the Administration's new economic policies and old congressional rivalries. But the welfare issue has lost none of its emotional power. Before it adjourned last week, Congress...

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