Personal Responsibility And Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act

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Abramsky addresses the stubborn presence of poverty in America, as being produced by “the failure of wills” of the government and society. The indifference towards the poor towards the poor is evident in the insufficient funding of federal programs, which predictably causes millions of Americans to needlessly struggle over uncontrollable fixed costs. In a country of abundance, there is no excuse as to why millions of people can barely afford the basics of living such as housing; these issues can easily be resolved, however, the country as a whole is unwilling to help those deemed under deserving. n In 1996 Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which created Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). TANF is a block grant that provides cash assistance for those who qualify. However, over time “many states are cutting” into programs such as TANF; the benefits received continue to decline (1). Due to such aggressive cuts, New York, which provides the most aid offered by TANF than of any other states, remains unable to progress a family of four above “50% of the federally defined poverty line” (1). Furthermore, countless reforms have been created such as the inclusion of the back to work program. The program mandates thirty-five hours a week where recipients are hypothetically job searching, however, the majority “basically sat there and twiddled their thumbs” (2). Many who are eligible would rather not endure the humiliating

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