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house Bill H.R. 3434

Eliminating Temporary Assistance for Families That Can't Get Their Kids to School

Argument in favor

Helps children by making more parents more accountable. Would also aid the economy in the long-term by lowering the number of dropouts--a demographic that places an enormous burden on an economy.

Argument opposed

In at least as many cases as not, withholding benefits from a family living below the poverty line is not going to get a kid who was not going to school suddenly go to school.

What is House Bill H.R. 3434?

This bill would prohibit a state receiving a TANF grant from using any part of the grant to provide assistance to a parent, caretaker relative, or legal guardian of a child age 6 to 19 who is not attending school for at least the state-required number of days per year. The bill makes a similar requirement for home schooled children. If a state fails to comply with the bill's provisions, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) would in turn be required to reduce the grant amount to that state. 


The bill impacts families receiving federal assistance that have children aged 6 to 19.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3434

A CBO cost is unavailable.


Parental Accountability for Reducing Child Poverty Act

Official Title

To amend part A of title IV of the Social Security Act to require a State to deny assistance under the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families to a parent, caretaker relative, or legal guardian of a child who is not attending enough school, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedOctober 30th, 2013
    So you take the money that pays the rent away and the family becomes homeless, exactly how does that get the child to school? Hurts children in the short-run and the long-run.