Nixon And Domestic Reforms

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Nixon’s Domestic Reforms (Page 1000-1007) Shandra Washington and Alex Livingston

-New Federalism= Nixon’s plan to distribute a portion of the federal power to state and local government

-Revenue Sharing= state and local governments could spend their federal dollars however they saw fit within certain limitations (aka State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act)

Welfare Reform
-Family Assistance Plan (FAP)= every family of 4 with no outside income would receive a basic federal payment of $1, 600 a year with a provision that earned up to $4, 000 a year in supplemental income
-Liberal legislatures considered minimum payment too low, while conservatives didn’t like idea of guaranteed income…..so bill failed

-Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments increased, and food stamps became more accessible

-Nixon had to deal with anti-war movements, so he ordered FBI and CIA wiretap meetings and investigate documents on people who objected to the government’s policies

Southern Strategy
-Nixon’s attempt to attract Southern conservative Democrats…he even promised to name a Southerner to the Supreme Court
-To attract white Southern voters, Nixon decided on a policy of slowing integration efforts….he later attempted to stop integration of schools through busing

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