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Harris v. Rosario
United States Supreme Court
446 U.S. 651 (1980)
Congress established a federal program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), to provide monetary aid to the 50 states and Puerto Rico enabling them to support families with dependent children in need. However, the program paid less in benefits to families living in Puerto Rico. Rosario (plaintiff) and other recipients living in Puerto Rico, who received benefits at the lower rate, brought a class-action lawsuit against Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Patricia Harris (defendant) in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Rosario successfully claimed that the unequal reimbursement for families living in Puerto Rico violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
Dissent (Marshall, J.)
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