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NATIONAL
January 31, 2006 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
The wide-ranging spending-cut bill scheduled for a final House vote on Wednesday includes provisions toughening welfare regulations, including work requirements on two-parent welfare families that experts say is almost impossible to meet. The Republican-backed bill would hold adults in two-parent families to a higher work standard than those in single-parent families.
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NATIONAL
January 21, 2006 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Only months ago, congressional Republicans thought the new Medicare prescription drug benefit would help them make political inroads among traditionally Democratic senior citizens. Instead, they are facing a potentially damaging backlash among members of that crucial voting bloc, their families and even conservative activists dismayed over the program's bungled launch. Georgia Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2006 | Evan Halper and Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writers
Even as the state spends millions of dollars on emergency prescription drug coverage for more than 200,000 elderly, poor and disabled Californians, many of their claims are still being denied, healthcare groups said Tuesday.
NATIONAL
October 20, 2005 | From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to test a new kind of Medicaid coverage in two counties won federal approval Wednesday. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt approved the state's application for a Medicaid waiver, which still needs final endorsement from the Florida Legislature.
OPINION
February 25, 2005
In his column, "Of, by and for Big Business" (Commentary, Feb. 22), most of what Robert Scheer says about this administration is accurate, but don't blame the Republicans. The Republicans are just serving their constituency. It would be nice if the Democrats served their constituency as well. None of these bills could become law if the Democrats were actually an opposition party. They have enough votes in the Senate to prevent any bill from becoming law -- but they usually don't. People seem to forget it was a Democratic Senate that confirmed Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court, and it was a Democratic president who brought us the North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization and welfare reform.
WORLD
January 2, 2005 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Rachel Amshalom was living on the edge even before she lost her job as a teacher's assistant last summer. Amshalom, the single mother of an 8-year-old daughter, said her monthly income subsidy from the Israeli government shrank from $300 to $75 in 2003 in the wake of sweeping welfare cutbacks. Amshalom said she also lost a small slice of her already minuscule child allowance, a benefit paid to all Israeli parents that has been scaled back.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2004 | Emily Bazelon, Special to The Times
Most analyses of welfare reform fall into two camps. The dominant one stresses the huge drop in the number of families on welfare -- from 5 million to 2 million since 1996 -- and proclaims the changes enacted by Congress that year a triumph.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2004 | Robert Salladay and Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writers
The California Senate approved legislation Wednesday allowing certain drug felons to receive food stamps, in an effort to reverse a nearly eight-year ban enacted when the state overhauled the welfare system. Although the food stamp program is funded entirely by the federal government, the state has the right to set certain rules for people using it. In 1997, California prohibited people convicted of possessing, manufacturing or selling drugs from receiving food stamps for their entire lives.
OPINION
June 30, 2004
Ronald Brownstein correctly points out several of the major changes in American society that occurred during the Clinton administration: welfare reform, an emphasis on work and responsibility and a balanced budget ("Clinton's Biggest Gains Not on Conservative Critics' Radar," June 28). These changes resulted in the most significant and rapid gains by the poor ever. Attributing these actions to Bill Clinton and the Democrats is truly a revisionary approach to history. Brownstein also points out that "his lack of political discipline produced a leftward drift during his first two years that helped the GOP seize Congress in 1994."
OPINION
June 27, 2004
Max Boot ("A Clever Fellow, to Be Sure, but Clueless About Character," Commentary, June 24) is right on target when he notes that culture and religion determine a person's view of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In fact, in my experience a person's attitude toward the social changes attributed to the '60s (freedom from sexual and societal mores, drugs, etc.) is an almost perfect predictor of that person's view of Bush or Clinton. Those who think the '60s liberated our culture find Bush to be a reactionary throwback to the bad old days.
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