The old welfare system was hurting people by discouraging work and marriage. Welfare reform, and now this legislation, will build on the understanding that work and strong families are the foundation upon which we build our future. Jim Talent
I stated that I'm a libertarian Republican, which means I believe in a series of issues, such as smaller government, constraint on budget deficits, free markets, globalization, and a whole series of other things, including welfare reform. Alan Greenspan
For our welfare reform efforts to be successful, we must empower local charitable organizations with the resources to address their local community needs. Mel Carnahan
While the rest of the country is still talking about welfare reform, Texas is implementing it. John Sharp
Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used. Kent Conrad

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