Bill Clinton: Radio Address on the Welfare Reform Act

(1996)

Impact

Clinton's welfare reform speech illustrates one of the most important results of his administration: the shift of the Democratic Party away from its traditional stance on social policy toward a more conservative position. While many embraced this new moderate outlook, others decried Clinton's centrism; the historian Robin D. G. Kelley referred to the PRWORA as “the most draconian measure of the late twentieth century … signed not by a Republican president but by a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat” (p. 82). Three officials in Health and Human Services resigned in protest over...

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