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Bernie Sanders: "Since (welfare reform) was signed into law, the number of families living in extreme poverty has more than doubled."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Sanders: Welfare reform more than doubled ‘extreme poverty’

One thing that sets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders apart from opponent Hillary Clinton is that he opposed a 1996 law known widely as welfare reform. The Vermont senator said the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, which both Democratic President Bill Clinton and a bipartisan Congress supported, contributed to poverty today. "What welfare reform did, in my view, was go after some of the weakest and most vulnerable people in this country," Sanders said at a Feb. 24 press conference in South Carolina. "During that time, I spoke out against so-called welfare reform because I thought it was …

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