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Aug 17

Welfare Reform at 10: Marking the Milestone

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

The 1996 welfare reform legislation was one of the most successful social policy reforms in U.S. history. In contrast to the prior system, which rewarded idleness and dependency, reform policy made remarkable headway in helping welfare dependents move toward self-sufficiency and dramatically reduced state welfare caseloads. Today, one and a half million fewer children live in poverty today than a decade ago and the once explosive growth in the rate of unwed childbearing has dramatically slowed. While the old system resulted in unwed pregnancy and a host of related social problems, welfare reforms reduced child poverty and increased employment. Because of lax enforcement and efforts to undermine the principles and goals of this reform, however, its full potential has not been realized. Reauthorization of welfare reform in February 2006 renewed a focus on promoting work among welfare recipients, but additional action and continued attention for years to come are required to fulfill the promise of welfare reform in helping more Americans escape government dependency.

More About the Speakers

2:00 P.M.
The '96 Reform: What It Was and Why It Worked

Kate O'Beirne
National Review (Moderator)

Eloise Anderson
The Claremont Institute

Ron Haskins
The Brookings Institution

Michael Wiseman
George Washington University

Robert Rector
The Heritage Foundation

3:00 P.M.
Welfare Reform in America and Abroad

Matthew Weidinger
U.S. House of Representatives Human Resource Subcommittee (Moderator)

June O'Neill
Baruch College

Mark Greenberg
Center for Law and Social Policy

Lawrence Mead
New York University

Jason Turner
The Heritage Foundation

4:00 P.M.
Building on the Foundation

The Honorable Wade Horn
Administration for Children and Families,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hosted By

Michael Franc Michael Franc

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