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Bob Smith on Welfare & Poverty

Republican Sr Senator (NH; retired 2002)


Churches have the right to provide welfare services

Q: Do you support or oppose allowing churches to provide welfare services?

A: Churches do not have to be "allowed" by government to provide more welfare. That is their right. No government funding for church provided welfare however.

Source: Email interview on 2010 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Mar 4, 2010

Preserve welfare as temporary safety net

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, the new welfare reform law, preserves a “safety net” for those individuals who have temporarily fallen on tough times while requiring all other welfare recipients to move from welfare to work. Under the new law Congress demands personal responsibility, requiring welfare recipients to work within two years of receiving benefits and imposing a five-year lifetime limit on welfare benefits, with an exemption for hardship cases.
Source: Smith for president homepage Jul 2, 1999

Welfare reform promotes families

The old welfare system failed welfare recipients and taxpayers alike by contributing to social problems such as family break-up and illegitimacy. The new welfare reform law promotes families by requiring deadbeat parents to pay support, teenage mothers to stay in school and live at home, and welfare recipients to help establish the paternity of their children in order to receive full benefits.
Source: Smith for president homepage Jul 2, 1999

Apartment vouchers for homeless; more charity deductions

Source: 1996 National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

Funds for hiring homeless; more enterprise zones

Source: 1996 National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

Voted YES on welfare block grants.

Replacement of federal welfare guarantee with block grants to the states.
Status: Conf Rpt Agreed to Y)78; N)21; NV)1
Reference: Conference Report on H.R. 3734; Bill H.R. 3734 ; vote number 1996-262 on Aug 1, 1996

Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps.

Vote to not allow states the option of getting food stamp funds as a block grant administered by the state, rather than as a federal program, if they meet certain criteria.
Reference: Bill S 1956 ; vote number 1996-218 on Jul 23, 1996

Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers.

Vote on a procedural motion to allow consideration of an amendment to express the Sense of Congress that the president should approve the waivers requested by states that want to implement welfare reform.
Reference: Bill S.1956 ; vote number 1996-208 on Jul 19, 1996

Voted YES on welfare overhaul.

Approval of an overhaul on the federal welfare system.
Status: Bill Passed Y)87; N)12; NV)1
Reference: Contract w/ America (Welfare Refm); Bill H.R. 4 ; vote number 1995-443 on Sep 19, 1995

Strict limits on federal "General Welfare" clause.

Smith signed the Tenth Amendment Pledge:

10-4 pledge: 10 affirmations; 10 promises; 2010 elections; the 10th amendment pledge

Source: The Tenth Amendment Pledge 10-10th-WP on Jul 4, 2010

Other candidates on Welfare & Poverty: Bob Smith on other issues:
NH Gubernatorial:
John Lynch
NH Senatorial:
Jeanne Shaheen
Kelly Ayotte

Retiring as of Jan. 2011:
CT:Dodd(D)
DE:Kaufman(D)
FL:Martinez(R)
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IL:Burris(D)
IN:Bayh(D)
KS:Brownback(R)
KY:Bunning(R)
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ND:Dorgan(D)
NH:Gregg(R)
OH:Voinovich(R)
PA:Specter(R)
UT:Bennett(R)
WV:Goodwin(D)

Unseated as of Jan. 2011:
AR:Lincoln(D)
UT:Bennett(R)
WI:Feingold(D)


Newly elected, Nov. 2010:
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CT:Blumenthal(D)
CO:Bennet(D)
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IL:Kirk(R)
IN:Coats(R)
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WI:Johnson(R)
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Re-elected, Nov. 2010:
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CA:Boxer(D)
GA:Isakson(R)
HI:Inouye(D)
IA:Grassley(R)
ID:Crapo(R)
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MD:Mikulski(D)
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