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USA: PRESIDENT CLINTON APPROVES DRASTIC CUTS TO WELFARE BENEFITS

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English/Nat US President, Bill Clinton, has approved drastic cuts to welfare benefits. The President gave his support to controversial legislation which will limit people to no more than five years welfare provision in a lifetime. It will also end the right of immigrants to get state help. Critics say the new law will plunge thousands of children in poverty. In a decision which delighted Republicans and infuriated liberal Democrats, U-S President Bill Clinton announced he would sign away open-ended benefits for America's poor. SOUNDBITE: "Today, we have an historic opportunity to make welfare what it was meant to be: a second chance, not a way of life. And even though the bill has serious flaws that are unrelated to welfare reform, I believe we have a duty to seize the opportunity it gives us to end welfare as we know it." SUPER CAPTION: Bill Clinton, US President Those flaws include the White House's belief that the bill goes too far and has denounced its restrictions on food stamp coupons and other aid to legal immigrants. But Clinton has vowed to make sure the passage of the bill will be positive progress. SOUNDBITE: "I will do everything in my power, in other words, to make sure that this bill lifts people up and does not become an excuse for anyone to turn their backs on this problem, or on people who are genuinely in need through no fault of their own." SUPER CAPTION: Bill Clinton, US President But the new bill which is estimated to save the federal government around 55 (b) billion dollars over six years angered Clinton's fellow Democrats who were discussing the bill in Congress. SOUNDBITE: "I know that scapegoating poor children is politically popular this year, but it is not right. We must stand up for our country's children. I urge my colleagues to reject this immoral legislation." SUPER CAPTION: Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) One of the affects of the bill which has particularly enraged liberal Democrats is its effect on children - a concern the President himself has expressed. SOUNDBITE: "How can any person of faith, of conscience, vote for a bill that will put a million kids into poverty? Where is the compassion? Where is the sense of decency? Where is the heart of this Congress? This bill is mean, it is base, it is downright low-down." SUPER CAPTION: Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) Following Clinton's backing, the House of Representatives passed the bill by 328-101. Republicans were gleeful at the President giving his support after vetoing two previous bills. SOUNDBITE: "This is an historic moment because we are working together to do something that is very good for America." SUPER CAPTION: Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia), Speaker of the House SOUNDBITE: "America has been crying for this bill now for a generation. They are sick of generational dependency, and frankly they wanted a fundamental change." SUPER CAPTION: Congressman John Kasich (R-Ohio) Following Clinton's announcement of support, the bill is almost certain to pass in the Senate on Wednesday. That leaves critics of the bill seething. With control of welfare given to states who can decide to cut the maximum lifetime benefit to less than five years, critics ask what those families are supposed to do then. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/12469c3c29cffc424f935fc2b11693d6 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork