Welfare reform - at a glance
The 1996 welfare reform law is up for reauthorization by Congress in September. The law was undeniably successful in the goal of reducing the number of people receiving welfare: The rolls were halved within a few years of enactment. However, critics say that many people who have been moved off welfare are still struggling to get by, and the welfare system needs to adopt a larger goal of reducing poverty.
With portraits of women aided by and struggling with the new welfare system, NCR takes a look at some of the issues surrounding reauthorization, including:
National Catholic Reporter, March 1, 2002