The idea of helping others is not a new concept. There are always individuals who need a little extra help every once in a while to get by. The main concept of welfare in the United States has been around since the 1800’s, for that very reason, to assist the needy. During the past five years, many have recognized a trend in welfare recipients and they want answers. Legislation has been submitted left and right regarding the issue of whether or not individuals receiving welfare should be drug tested in order to receive benefits from welfare assistance programs.
In 2014, this particular issue has taken more precedence over many other issues that are disturbing the United States. Many feel that the drug testing of applicants is
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The act was intended to help individuals gain employment and help put the economy back on track. In 1939, the act was amended and several assistance programs were evolved such as the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Unemployment Compensation programs (Welfare History). In 1996, President Bill Clinton, with his promise to end welfare dependence, signed a new law, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Welfare History). The act was intended to cut down on welfare recipients, but in turn, heightened the amount of recipients. Through this act, the responsibility falls on the states instead of the federal government so long as the states follow the guidelines that federal government has set.
States are, for the most part, at their own discretion when deciding what programs to offer their residents. Generally, most states offer at minimum programs such as Section 8 housing, Medicaid, WIC, Food Stamps, and TANF (Welfare Information). Section 8 housing is a program, which will assist families to obtain affordable housing. Food Stamps and WIC are similar but WIC only offers basic food such as milk, bread, and formula for babies, while Food Stamps gives an individual or family a lump sum dollar amount each month on a debit card to purchase groceries. TANF is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families which offers cash assistance to purchase items that are not groceries; typically these items