Bill Clinton: Radio Address on the Welfare Reform Act

(1996)

Bill Clinton’s Radio Address on the Welfare Reform Act aired on December 7, 1996, following his November reelection to the U.S. presidency. In it, he discussed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which he had signed on August 22, 1996. Clinton's welfare reform radio address underscores the shift of the Democratic Party away from its traditional stance on social policy toward a more conservative approach.

In 1992 Clinton campaigned for president under the promise to “end welfare as we know it.” Welfare, Franklin D. Roosevelt's depression-era...

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