Hillary Clinton on Welfare & Poverty

Lazio weakened housing standards and limited public housing

LAZIO [to Clinton]: In the House, Iíve been very active on housing issues, on helping the homeless, helping poor people with public housing. Do New Yorkers care about the homeless? I believe they do. The most sweeping reform in public-housing history was authored by me and signed into law.

CLINTON: He fought to weaken the safety standards for manufactured housing and in-home building.

LAZIO: Thereís been nobody else in the House whoís stood up for poor people and to provide them with good- quality housing. Iíve been there for the homeless, Iíve been there to provide housing for people with AIDS. Iíve been there for people who rely on Section 8. Iím boosting homeownership for our young families.

CLINTON: In fact, Iíll be meeting with a group of public-housing tenants this evening because what their memory of that fight was, Mr. Lazio, is that you were trying to remove the caps from the limits that would in some way prohibit a lot of people from being able to have the public housing.

Source: (X-ref Lazio) NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Lazio fought against FHA on low-interest housing loans

CLINTON [to Lazio]: Not only is there a problem with the home builders and the safety standards, but the FHA was trying to increase the limits that would enable a person who wanted to be a homeowner to be able to borrow at low interest. And my opponent fought that. He did not want those limits raised and around the time of that fight he received significant contributions from the mortgage banking industry.

LAZIO: Do you understand that the standards that youíre talking about were endorsed by the administrationís Department of Housing and Urban Development? Do you understand that?

CLINTON: Do you understand that the standards Iím talking about, that you were trying to weaken, were said by the AARP that they would have put people in danger?

Source: NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Equal access to capital and jobs

America faces a capital, educational & digital divide that needs to be bridged, especially to help minorities move forward in the 21st century. The lack of equal opportunity for access to capital and jobs is one of the unfinished pieces of business from the last century. We should support tax credits & incentives and government guaranteed loans to leverage billions in new private investment and reduce the initial risk for businesses that agree to hang out their shingles in areas of high unemployment.
Source: Paul Hirschkorn, Jan 12, 2000

Working should mean no poverty

No one who takes the responsibility to work hard every day should have to raise their family in poverty, Hillary says. Thatís why she supports raising the minimum wage, and equal pay for equal work. She worked with former Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin to increase microcredit programs, which make investment capital available to small businesses.
Source: ďAbout HillaryĒ Jan 1, 2000

Community involvement helps, but only in short term

In Hillaryís Wellesley thesis, ďAspect of the War on Poverty,Ē she observed that, as the black community on Chicagoís South Side began to get organized, the white ethnics, who had already been activated, began to fight for the same poverty dollars. In reality, Hillary told her thesis adviser, people rise to positions of leadership within the poor community and then clash with one another. Her adviser characterizes her conclusions: ďThe bottom line of her thinking was that community action programs [a Kennedy Administration program] could have short-term effects, but to have any long-term impact on the core problems you needed to have structure, organization, and a middle class willing to get involved. She was able to take a liberal program and analyze it pragmatically to determine whether it worked.ď
Source: Hillaryís Choice by Gail Sheehy, p. 67 Dec 9, 1999

Donít criminalize the homeless

Criminalizing the homeless whose only offense is that they have no home is wrong. Locking people up for a day will not take a single homeless person off the streets for good. It will not make a mentally ill person who should be in an institution any better. It will not help find a job for a responsible person who is willing to work.
Source: CNN.comís ďTalkback LiveĒ Dec 2, 1999

Microcredit is an invaluable tool in alleviating poverty.

Microcredit is a macro idea. This is a big idea, an idea with vast potential. Whether we are talking about a rural area in South Asia or an inner-city in the US, microcredit is an invaluable tool in alleviating poverty. Microcredit projects can create a ripple effect- not only in lifting individuals out of poverty and moving mothers from welfare to work, but in creating jobs, promoting businesses and building capital in depressed areas.
Source: Remarks at Microcredit Summit in Washington D.C. Feb 3, 1997

Link payments to good parenting behavior

Iíve advocated tying the welfare payment to certain behavior about being a good parent. You couldnít get your welfare check if your child wasnít immunized. You couldnít get your welfare check if you didnít participate in a parenting program. You couldnít get your check if you didnít show up for student-teacher conferences. Iím a big believer in linking opportunity and rights with responsibility and duties.
Source: Unique Voice, p.200 Feb 3, 1997

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Hillary Clinton (D,NY)
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Alan Keyes
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