Date: March 13, 1995
THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
REPORTS WELFARE R.:FORM PROVISIONS
On March 8, 1995, the full Committee on Ways and Means reported as a clean bill (H.R. 1157) the welfare reform proposals which were based on H.R. 4, the Personal Responsibility Act. In addition to the provisions decribed in Legislative Bulletin 104- 1 (dated March 7, 1995), the following provisions are included in the Chairman's mark:
- Adds noncitizen United States military veterans who were honorably discharged and who are legally residing in the United States to the group of noncitizens who would be eligible for 551, Medicaid, Food Stamps, housing assistance and other Federal or State assistance programs.
- Provides that an alien' s income and resources would be deemed to include the income and resources of the alien' s sponsor (including the sponsor 's spouse) until the alien becomes a United States citizen. (The requirement would appear to apply to all currently eligible aliens whether or not the curren t law deeming period had closed in the individual alien's case.)
- Provides that Federal and State governments take actions to recover from an alien's sponsor amounts equal to assistance payments made to the alien.
- Provides that sponsors notify Federal and State governments of changes in their addresses within thirty days. Failures could result in civil penalties of up to $5,000 being imposed against the sponsor.