Crunch time for Congress
Members act on welfare, health care reform
August 1, 1996
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pushing to pass legislation before members leave for a monthlong recess, Congress acted on a number of bills Thursday, including sending President Clinton a historic welfare reform bill.
With a vote of 78 to 21, the Senate followed the House's lead and passed the final version of the compromise welfare bill. Clinton, who vetoed two previous versions, has pledged to sign it.
The bill turns control of welfare over to the states; limits lifetime benefits to five years; requires adults to work after two years; and denies assistance to noncitizens, even those who are in the United States legally.
Clinton considers the last provision extreme, along with the bill's food stamp cuts, and said he'll work to change them.
Before the Senate voted, protesters from the group Housing Works, which helps AIDS-infected homeless people, stood up in the Senate chamber and shouted "Shame! Shame!" (155K AIFF or WAV sound) One blew a whistle. Ten demonstrators were arrested. (251K AIFF or WAV sound)
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