On Dec. 19, 2005, the House of Representatives passed the 2006 budget reconciliation bill under cover of darkness, institutionalizing substantial cuts to the vital social safety net programs on which America’s poor have come to rely. Among the most egregious of the bill’s provisions are new punitive requirements for Medicaid recipients and increased work requirements for parents receiving TANF, though this provision is not accompanied by increased funding for child care. The Senate passed the same bill, but with minor changes that require the entire House to vote again. February 1, 2006 is the scheduled day of the vote and there is one last chance to defeat this immoral budget bill.
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