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Welfare Reform #220276

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 17, 1972
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(Studio) House and Senator accept Social Security and Medicare bill.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Welfare reform omitted from bill after 3 years study. Mrs. Ordelphia Hickey has been on welfare 12 years, has 7 children. 11 million Americans receive welfare. No one likes welfare: recipients, politicians, taxpayers criticize it. (DC) [NIXON - in 1969, proposed welfare reform.] Family assistance called for guaranteed income, work incentives, required registration for job training, child-care ctrs. Welfare reform, widely approved, died in Congress [Department of Health, Education and Welfare secretary Elliot RICHARDSON - fought for Nixon plan, blames Senators Ribicoff and Long for bills failure.] [Senator Russell LONG - claims credit for helping kill plan.] [Senator Abraham RIBICOFF - says President should have worked harder for bill's passage.] (Williamsburg, Pennsylvania) [NIXON - in April, 1971, emphasized job requirements part of plan.] (DC) Bill did not reach Senate floor until September President aide John Ehrlichman says Senator Fin. Committee chairperson Long had promised it for March. Long's committee radically changed measure, making it more conservative. Ribicoff favored liberal version; some held to President' original plan. Ribicoff, Richardson reached compromise, Labor Secretary Hodgson reported it to President President rejected recommendation.
REPORTER: George Herman Artist: Howard Brodie

(DC) [RIBICOFF - says President killed welfare reform, feeling political climate had changed and it was no longer advantageous.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(DC) Small-scale tests of 3 rival versions, harsh restrictions on welfare recipients, substituted for welfare reform. [LONG - says President was misled on welfare reform, and did not like it when he finally saw it.]
REPORTER: George Herman

(NYC) [Dean, School of Social Work, Columbia University, Mitchell GINSBERG - go-between in Richardson-Ribicoff negotiations, says welfare reform died due to politics.]
REPORTER: Joel Blocker

(DC) [President adviser John EHRLICHMAN - says President pushed for welfare reform until the very end.] President says if reelected, he'll try again.
REPORTER: George Herman

(Studio) Nixon administration reports while welfare costs are still rising, rate of incr. has slowed. Statistics cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Blocker, Joel;
Cronkite, Walter;
Herman, George;
Schorr, Daniel

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