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WELFARE MOMS MUST TELL WHO’S THE DAD

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Women applying for welfare must first identify the father of their children under an order prepared for President Clinton's signature.

With welfare a key issue in his re-election campaign, Clinton also was signing Tuesday a second directive establishing a central data base in Washington helping states track parents who skip support payments.Spokesman Mike McCurry said Clinton was signing the papers and would explain the action in an address to the American Nurses Association.

"The administration for some time has been looking at how you can begin to take the results and success of some of these state experiments and begin meshing those results into national experiments in welfare reform," McCurry told reporters.

He said New Hampshire would be the 40th state given a waiver by the administration to experiment with welfare reform.

The steps are designed politically to inoculate Clinton from criticism that he failed to change "welfare as we know it," as he promised in 1992. He vetoed a GOP welfare bill that he said was too harsh on children, but has argued that his waivers have helped reform the system state by state.

One of the directives on his desk Tuesday would require welfare recipients to help children, providing a name and other identifying material, McCurry said.

The second directive would establish a 25-state pilot project in which the Department of Human Services in Washington compiles the names of "deadbeat parents" from those states. McCurry said it would help the states track the parents as they move from state to state or change jobs.