Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
PASSAGE OF WELFARE REFORM MARKS HISTORIC DAY FOR CONGRESS
(House of Representatives - August 01, 1996)
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[Page H9708] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PASSAGE OF WELFARE REFORM MARKS HISTORIC DAY FOR CONGRESS (Mr. LEWIS of California asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LEWIS of California, Mr. Speaker, yesterday was a historic day for the U.S. Congress. The passage of the Gingrich-Dole Welfare Reform Act provides a dramatic shifting of the direction of the ship-of-state, a shift away from welfare, from a growing Federal bureaucracy and ever expanding Federal welfare spending. And as the ship turns, it will move toward less dependency upon Government, toward private opportunity and independence. The welfare reform effort passed yesterday was initiated by Speaker Newt Gingrich and majority leader Bob Dole. Speaker Gingrich and his committees crafted the bill and worked tirelessly for its passage. And only yesterday, Speaker Gingrich successfully got a commitment from President Clinton to sign it. So while Speaker Gingrich will share a piece of the credit for the Gingrich-Dole reform package with the President, yesterday will go down as a historic success for the new Republican majority in Congress. ____________________