House passes bill reducing lifetime limit for TANF recipients, sends it to the governor
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House passes bill reducing lifetime limit for TANF recipients, sends it to the governor

Date: April 16, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri's legislature sent the governor a sweeping set of welfare restrictions.
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Wrap: The measure would shorten the lifetime limit for recipients of the funds in the Temprorary Assistance for Needy Families program to 45 months.

Representative Diane Franklin handled the bill in the House and she outlined its goals.

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Description: "To help these TANF receipients move into work, to reduce the level of poverty in our state, to increase work participation, to reduce unemployment, and to reduce the teen bith rate."

Opponents argued the bill hurt the most vulnerable and especially children.

The bill passed by a 111-36 margin and now heads to the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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Democrats blasted a bill reducing the lifetime limit for TANF recipients as a measure intended to hurt the most vulnerable citizens of society.
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Wrap: St. Louis County Democrats Stacey Newman and Rochelle Walton-Gray talked about the bill, which in addition to the lifetime cap on benefits, would impose work requirements on those seeking benefits.

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Description: "To me, Representative, there is absolutely zero compassion in this bill. Zero. And you know it's going to affect constituents in your district, correct? 'It's going to affect a lot of my constituents.'"

The bill was passed on a straight party-line vote Tuesday in the Senate and after Thursday's passage in the House, it now heads to the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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