Rick Lazio on Welfare & Poverty

Advocate for public housing in Congress

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: NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Congressional fight against FHA was supported by HUD

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

Allow food stamps for legal immigrants

On Food stamps. Lazio voted to restore food stamps to legal immigrants, a benefit that had been denied by the 1996 welfare bill.
Source: David Rosenbaum, New York Times Jun 4, 2000

Public housing: More work & service; less concentrated poor

His most consequential accomplishment [was] the 1998 law that overhauls the nationís public housing system. The law is supposed to increase the proportion of public housing residents who work and require many of them to perform community service. It also encourages public housing authorities to reduce the concentration of very poor tenants in buildings, a situation Lazio believes contributes to crime. The bill eventually passed the House by an almost unanimous vote.
Source: David Rosenbaum, New York Times Jun 4, 2000

Promote responsible fatherhood via faith-based institutions

Source: Congressional voting record in Vote-Smart.org Nov 10, 1999

Tax incentives & vouchers to reduce homelessness

Source: National Political Awareness Test 1998 (vote-smart.org) Jul 2, 1998

Continue welfare-to-work & block grants

Source: National Political Awareness Test 1998 (vote-smart.org) Jul 2, 1998

Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations.

Vote to establish a program that would promote more responsible fatherhood by creating educational, economic and employment opportunities and give grants to state agencies and nonprofit groups, including faith-based institutions.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Johnson, R-CT.; Bill HR 3073 ; vote number 1999-586 on Nov 10, 1999

Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending.

Lazio signed the Contract with America:

[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:

The Personal Responsibility Act:
Discourage illegitimacy and teen pregnancy by prohibiting welfare to minor mothers and denying increased AFDC for additional children while on welfare, cut spending for welfare programs, and enact a tough two-years-and-out provision with work requirements to promote individual responsibility.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA5 on Sep 27, 1994

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