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(Washington Informer) — Two members of the D.C. Council are actively pursuing legislation that would limit the amount of time that a District resident can receive public assistance.  D.C. Council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) are the chief sponsor and co-sponsor, respectively, of the District of Columbia Public Assistance Amendment Act of 2010, which would cap welfare benefits for city residents at five years. Barry said that it’s time that the District complies with the guidelines of a federal law, the 1996 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Act, by imposing its 60-month lifetime limits on those receiving cash assistance.

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