From: Charles Bierbauer/CNN
Subject: Economic Advisers Explain Drop In Welfare Rolls
The number of welfare recipients in the U.S. declined by 20 percent during President Bill Clinton's first term, according to a report released Friday by the president's Council of Economic Advisers.
The report says the decline by 2.75 million from January 1993 to January 1997 is "the largest decline in over 50 years."
It cites three factors:
Administration officials say it is "important to determine the causes of this decline in light of recently enacted welfare reform legislation."
"If federal policies played a significant role, then continued efforts along these lines are likely to lead to additional reductions," the report said.