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Welfare Reform Working, Says HHS Chief Thompson

Sunday, 03 November 2002 12:00 AM

During that time, the number of recipients of TANF benefits declined by 267,000 to roughly 5 million people - a 5.1 percent decline, said Thompson. Meanwhile, the number of families receiving TANF assistance dropped by more than 75,000 to about 2 million - a 3.6 percent decline, according to the latest statistics from HHS' Administration for Children and Families.

"This latest report simply reaffirms that welfare reform in America is working," Secretary Thompson said. "Despite some tough economic times, our reformed welfare system continues to move more people off of public support and into the workforce. But we can't be satisfied with our current successes. We must improve upon our existing program so that it completes the transition of individuals from dependence upon a welfare check to the independence of a paycheck."

"To accomplish our goals, Congress must act on the President's proposal - this year," Secretary Thompson said. "The House has passed reauthorization legislation based on President Bush's bold and visionary proposal. Now, the Senate must do the same, as soon as possible."

According to a recently released HHS report, since the welfare reform law creating the TANF program was enacted on August 22, 1996, the number of welfare recipients has declined by 59 percent. There are more than 7 million fewer people receiving welfare since the passage of the law.

"The widespread decline in caseloads is a good sign that the economy is on the rebound and that welfare reform not only works during economically difficult times, but is helping the nation recover by preparing recipients to take quick advantage of economic opportunities," said Dr. Wade F. Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, whose agency is responsible for the oversight of the TANF program.

"Importantly, it also confirms that this program has sufficient funding to serve our clients and improve our programs," Horn added.

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