Bush Proposes Marriage as Cornerstone of Welfare

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In 1996, under President Bill Clinton, Congress passed massive welfare reform. This year, the Act comes up for reauthorization, and President Bush has proposed two additions. One is employment training to move people out of dead-end, minimum-wage jobs. Another is the promotion of marriage and "family formation," to combat child poverty. A third of American babies are born out of wedlock, and 80 percent of poor children live in one-parent homes. But the President's marriage proposal has raised a host of questions. Does welfare discourage marriage? Can marriage help end welfare? Does the government have any business in such a personal matter? We find out what that means and get a taste of the upcoming controversy.
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