The 1998 Green Book
Overview of Entitlement Programs

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The 1996 (15th edition) Green Book is also available here.
The 1994 (14th edition) Green Book is also available here.

Notes for users:

The Green Book consists of background material and data on programs within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives. It is compiled by the staff of the Committee from many sources and it provides program descriptions and historical data on a wide variety of social and economic topics, including Social Security, employment, earnings, welfare, child support, health insurance, the elderly, families with children, poverty and taxation. It has become a standard reference work for those interested in the direction of social policy in the United States.

Persons who download these chapters for local use should be aware that many of these chapters have very wide tables of data (20 or more columns) which are difficult to format properly. Fonts with proportional spacing cause the numbers in the tables to be misaligned and normal width pages cause the right hand columns within rows to wrap to the next line. This makes the tables undecipherable. I suggest that after you have downloaded these pages, each file be formatted with a fixed-width font such as Courier and when wide tables are encountered that the page format be adjusted to 14 inch paper in landscape format.

A self-extracting compressed (zip.exe) copy of the text of the
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1996 Green Book (1,338 kb),
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