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house Bill H.R. 2940

Should the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program be Extended Through September 2019?

Argument in favor

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps needy families with children ensure their children’s welfare. While the program is imperfect, letting its funding lapse would be disastrous for those who rely on its benefits to help feed their children.

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06/02/2019
Yes I'd rather take care of the families then build an ego wall
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06/02/2019
Please give federal funding to those who need it most. This program supports families who make the modest of monthly wages. Any rhetoric around folks abusing this system consistently and living on it for years is misinformed, misguided, and more than likely propagandic. Do people abuse the system? Yes. Does it happen more often than not? No.
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06/03/2019
Needy families have been stretched in so many ways yet we watch big businesses continue to reap tax breaks and rarely pass any benefit on to workers. The least you can do now is continue TANF.
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Argument opposed

The TANF program is dysfunctional in its current form and needs to be fixed to ensure it can meet its aims. Rather than simply extending funding for the program, Congress should take time before the end of June to consider how to improve the program to meet its aims.

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06/02/2019
Privatize the program stop abuse and help people find work!
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06/03/2019
Fully fund and Build that Wall. Put people to work and off of welfare. #MAGA
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06/03/2019
Welfare is greatly abused and not an appropriate function of the federal government. States should manage their own programs.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed June 3rd, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 357 Yea / 55 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 23rd, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 2940?

This bill would extend block grants to states for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and related programs through September 30, 2019. Currently, federal funding for TANF is set to expire at the end of June.

Impact

Needy families with children; states; federal block grants to states for TANF; and the TANF program.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2940

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced this bill to extend funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and related programs through September 30, 2019.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) notes that this is only the latest in a series of short-term extensions of current welfare policies. It adds that this bill will likely pass, as most previous similar bills have passed with bipartisan support. However, in December 2018, AEI argued that rather than simply extending TANF at current funding levels, as this bill would do, Democrats should be seeking to reform the program to make it more effective at helping low-income parents return to work and move up the economic ladder.

Lawmakers have sought TANF reforms in both the past and current Congresses. In the 115th Congress, House Republicans introduced a five-year welfare reauthorization bill, the JOBS for Success Act, focused on improving TANF’s effectiveness at helping low-income parents go to work by closing loopholes to the current work requirements, adding a new work outcome accountability system and modestly increasing funding for child care, among other changes. This year, senior Republicans have reintroduced this bill in both the House and Senate. However, Democrats are generally opposed to the JOBS for Success Act, as they dislike that it increases effective work requirements while making what committee Democrats characterize as “zero new investments” in TANF or other programs Democrats would like to expand.

As their own effort to reform TANF, House Democrats introduced the RISE Out of Poverty Act, sponsored by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), in the 115th Congress. Moore’s bill sought to increase TANF funding by approximately $150 billion over 10 years in addition to other significant spending hikes, extend families’ maximum stay on welfare to five or more years and loosen TANF’s work requirements.

This bill has two Republican cosponsors.


Of NoteThe Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps families with children when the parents or other responsible relatives can’t provide for the family’s basic needs. The federal government provides grants to states to run the TANF program to achieve four goals:

  • Providing assistance to needy families so children can be cared for in their own homes or in relatives’ homes;
  • Ending needy parents’ dependence on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage;
  • Preventing and reducing the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establishing annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing these pregnancies’ incidence; and
  • Encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

Over the 2014-2019 period, Congress has extended TANF 17 times without any significant changes. Consequently, AEI notes, the $16.5 billion TANF block grant — set in 1996 and not adjusted for inflation — has seen a 37% decline in its real value. Additionally, the number of program recipients has shrunk by 80% since 1996.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) notes that TANF direct assistance to families is “at least 20% below its 1996 levels in 36 states, after adjusting for inflation” and benefits remain too low for families relying solely on TANF assistance to make ends meet. The CBPP adds that for 99% of recipients nationally, their benefits’ purchasing power is below 1996 levels, and living on such limited incomes risks exposing children to “excessive levels of hardship and stress” which can negatively affect their health and undermine their development, limiting future economic and social mobility.


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AKA

To extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through September 30, 2019.

Official Title

To extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through September 30, 2019.

    Yes I'd rather take care of the families then build an ego wall
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    Privatize the program stop abuse and help people find work!
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    Please give federal funding to those who need it most. This program supports families who make the modest of monthly wages. Any rhetoric around folks abusing this system consistently and living on it for years is misinformed, misguided, and more than likely propagandic. Do people abuse the system? Yes. Does it happen more often than not? No.
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    Needy families have been stretched in so many ways yet we watch big businesses continue to reap tax breaks and rarely pass any benefit on to workers. The least you can do now is continue TANF.
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    Even people who work need assistance. There is no need for children to be hungry or homeless! There but for the grace of god go I ...an expression some should become familiar with...
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    We waste more in a day then some have in a year Feed, clothe and house the needy It will be returned 10 thousand times 10 thousand for all the biblically inclined Yep Look that up in your good book
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    Fully fund and Build that Wall. Put people to work and off of welfare. #MAGA
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    This grant is beneficial when administered correctly.
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    Welfare is greatly abused and not an appropriate function of the federal government. States should manage their own programs.
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    The neediest in our country are generally being ignored...
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    I'm in favor of a "Leave no person behind" philosophy. If I could trust the Congress to legislate an alternative to TANF and if, I could trust the Administration to not simply dis-regard that legislation, I might come to a different conclusion. Can this program be abused? Sure. But is this more costly than abuses by large Investment firms, for example, which gladly pay million dollar fines, for their multi-million dollar crimes? - That is if they happen to get caught. We cannot and should never consider leaving innocent children to suffer- they have done nothing wrong. They should never be tagged as lower-class people in a class-less society,
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    How the smallest and most vulnerable are treated is an indicator for the success of a society. It is the right thing to do!
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    Hang On Everyone with Your Negative Comments...do you know anyone who has suffered Flooding? Crazy Firestorms? How about a Tornado or Hurricane? Well, I want my fellow Countrymen taken care of when they’re in need. That’s what this is about along with other specific programs for temporary housing etc given the nature of the Need.
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    Yes just because the yam in charge hates poor people doesn’t mean we should all punish them. Further Ebt cards are generally only given to folks who are working. Class discrimination is so hmm 1958
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    Of course. Children need food and a home
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    It should be extended indefinitely.
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    My 12 year old ask me how kids going to eat. Our president is cold hearted. End quote
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    When working people have difficulty just meeting basic needs, they need all the help they can get.
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    I’m just so aggrieved to think this important program is at risk.
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    If you even had a clue how little relief these programs offer the poor and how low - I mean LOW their income has to be to qualify for help you would shut your stupid ignorant mouths and stop blaming the poor for ripping off the government . The government and corporations are the thieves that should concern you.
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