THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 17-23

SEPTEMBER 17-23

NATION

WELFARE REFORM PASSES

By an overwhelming vote of 87 to 12, the Senate approved the Republican-propelled plan to overhaul welfare--a sweeping about-face on 60 years of social policy. The bill eliminates federal guarantees of assistance to the needy and relies instead on capped block grants, mostly to be administered as each statehouse decides. President Clinton indicated he would sign the measure unless a House-Senate conference reinstates "extremist" provisions, such as banning aid to unwed teenage mothers, earlier adopted by the House. Dispirited liberal Democrats assailed the overhaul as a catastrophe for the nation's poor and criticized the President for not...

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